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Sat, Feb. 22

Probation 'a gift' for man guilty in multiple burglaries

PRESCOTT - A 20-year-old who was arrested for criminal damage, burglary and auto theft in February accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to less than four months in prison plus 10 years' intensive probation.

Shane Foster pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary and one count of criminal damage as well as a single count of aggravated DUI. He was taken into custody Feb. 22 along with two teenaged boys. Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morely said, when they questioned Foster about $4,000 damage done to a car at a North Prescott apartment complex, they discovered several items reported stolen in car burglaries. Officers recovered GPS units, iPods, cell phones, radar detectors, and other evidence.

In court Monday, Judge Celé Hancock said, "Mr. Foster, it is nothing short of a gift for you to get this plea offer today." She pointed out that he was already on probation when he committed the burglaries.

Foster said, "I added up the time I could have gotten for this, and it scared the crap out of me."

"It should!" said Hancock.

He was sentenced to four months in prison, but will get credit for time served while he was going through the court process. Foster will also do 10 years' intensive probation. He is also in the process of paying back $6,000 in restitution, $100 a month.

"You have had way too much contact with the criminal justice system at the age of 20," warned Hancock.

Foster agreed, saying, "I want to thank everybody in this room for giving me a second chance."

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