Man sent to jail for violation of probation

August 31, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A 36-year-old Sykesville man, who was serving five years probation for his part in a 1989 tractor theft ring, was ordered to spend the next five years in state prison by a Carroll judge who found that the man violated terms of his probation.

Bernard Robert Alexander, of North Schoolhouse Road, was placed on probation in February 1990 after entering an Alford plea to one count of theft. The conviction was for his role in a ring that stole nearly 80 tractors in 1988 and 1989 in Carroll and Baltimore counties.

In an Alford plea, a defendant does not plead guilty but acknowledges that the state has enough evidence to convict.

Since 1990, Alexander has been convicted of two other crimes, shoplifting from the Caldor Department Store at Cranberry Mall and the theft of a generator, court records show.

He was convicted by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. last week in the generator case and is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 20. The felony theft conviction carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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