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Several young men faced justice Monday when they appeared for sentencing in Lincoln County District Court. Alexander Fourtner, 20, was convicted of theft by taking. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 18 months’ post-release supervision.
Fourtner pled guilty in an agreement, and a separate burglary charge against him was dropped.
Fourtner was arrested Jan. 9 after police investigated two separate burglaries. Two victims said their unlocked vehicles were entered the previous night. One of them was missing a work bag, a two-way radio and a spotting scope.
Fourtner tripped himself up when he accidently left his cell phone in one of the vehicles. He was arrested and charged, and released on $7,500 bond.
Police said they found the majority of the stolen items in his apartment, as well as a penguin in his room that was stolen Dec. 13 from a Cody Park Christmas display. The three-foot-tall electro-mechanical penguin with flashing eyes was a fixture in the Cody Park Christmas displays for many years.
Fourtner told the officers a friend brought the penguin to his apartment. He was not charged with stealing from the display.
Later, while he was out of jail awaiting his court appearance, he violated his conditional release when he was arrested February 23 after fa family member of the victim of a January 29 residence burglary asked around and heard Fourtner was responsible.
The victim and Fourtner exchanged messages on social media. Police spokesman John Deal said Fourtner admitted stealing the items during the exchange. His bond was set at $50,000 and he has remained in jail since then.
In court Monday, Defense Attorney Blaine Gillett noted that his client had no record of prior charges until January.
Birch agreed that Fourtner has a “pretty clean record.”
Birch gave him credit for 97 days in jail and the state dismissed the burglary charges, according to sheriff’s records.
Restitution was not an issue. Prosecutors said all of the stolen items were recovered.
Taureen Jones, 21, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for attempted possession of more than a pound of marijuana.
Jones entered a guilty plea to the reduced charge.
Jones was arrested Oct. 25 after police stopped a vehicle missing a front license plate. When they searched it, they found five ounces of marijuana, $3,000 in cash and a handgun. Cameron Alexander, 25, was driving, and he owned the handgun.
Birch gave Jones credit for 26 days served and ordered him to report to jail on June 5 to finish his sentence.
Benjamin Clark, 24, was convicted of a March 24 charge of possession of amphetamine.
In exchange for his guilty plea, both sides recommended he enter drug court. Rowlands agreed, and deferred sentencing pending drug court outcome.
Rowlands gave Clark a warning.
“If you fail or are removed for any reason, you will come back to me for sentencing,” he said.
• Austin Purcell, 21, was convicted on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to18 months’ probation. Rowlands credited 40 days in jail towards his probation.
• Alex Solis-Roney, 26, was sentenced to 18 months’ probation for an Oct. 4 criminal mischief charge.