Jewelry Thief Goes To the Big House

Jewelry thief goes to prison. A 21-year-old Omaha man is now serving time in the Nebraska Department of Corrections as the judge agreed with the sentencing recommendation in the plea agreement.

The Cassgram reports Damian Applegate pled guilty to a Class IV Felony theft count. Deputy Cass County Attorney Steve Sunde said Applegate assisted in the theft of a wedding ring from the home of his girlfriend’s parents in Plattsmouth this past May. He then pawned the ring in Omaha.

As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution and defense jointly recommended a sentence of not less than one year and not more than one year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Applegate had written a letter to Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier asking that he be allowed to serve his sentence in the Cass County Jail but Sunde said the state was not changing its recommendation and noted that Applegate, who has been in county jail since his arrest, had been involved in a fight at the jail.

In sentencing Applegate to the state corrections system, Rehmeier told him that with the credit for 139 days already served, he won’t be going into the main penitentiary section as he only had 41 days left before he will be released. However, Rehmeier said it will “probably be a good thing” for Applegate to see how the state processing system works and observe firsthand where he would be spending more time if he violates the law again.

Applegate was ordered to pay $235 restitution, the amount the owners needed to pay the pawn shop for the return of the ring.

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