Westminster man, 24, gets 18 months for felony theft, cocaine conviction Defendant told to repay $300 stolen from ATM

November 17, 1995|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man was sentenced to 18 months in the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday after pleading guilty to felony theft and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

The sentence, which gives Bradd Edward Jacobs credit for time served since his arrest June 12, will likely change his life for the better, the defendant told Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold.

"I've learned more in the last four months than I have in the last four years," Jacobs, 24, told Judge Arnold, adding that he'd been rather flippant when he entered the detention center last summer.

"I put my pride in my back pocket," he said. "It takes a stronger man to walk away than to fight for no reason."

Judge Arnold initially sentenced Jacobs to four years in prison, but suspended all but 18 months for the cocaine conviction. Jacobs received a six-month sentence to run concurrently for the theft conviction.

He also must pay Union National Bank $300 restitution for the money he stole from an automated teller machine in the 140 Village shopping center in April.

"If you think you got an attitude adjustment [at the detention center], think about the Department of Corrections," said Judge Arnold as he warned Jacobs that the full sentence would be served in prison if he violates probation.

Yesterday's felony theft trial stemmed from an incident in April when Jacobs and two other men stole a purse from Sharon Little's car, which was parked in front of her Running Brook Drive home.

Jacobs, of Poole Road in Westminster, then used her ATM card to steal $300 from Union National Bank's machine.

Police charged Jacobs with possession with intent to distribute when an undercover police officer offered him $200 to purchase crack cocaine for her.

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