Serial Burglar Sentenced To Prison

A serial burglar will be spending some time in prison. Timothy Smith was sentenced Monday in Sarpy County District Court on seven counts of burglary.

Judge Max Kelch sentenced Smith to six to 12 years on each count. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

With time already served, he will be eligible for parole in just over two years, but with a longer period of parole.

His attorney James Martin Davis, hopes the longer parole will help him stay out of trouble.

“He's going to have that hammer over his head knowing that anytime, if he sneezes wrong, he's going to be back in prison,” Davis said.

The Fire Barn Sports Bar and Grill at 96th and Highway 370 in Papillion was the last place he burglarized last summer before he was caught at Walnut Creek Lake nearby.

A Papillion Police cruiser camera shows Smith covered in mud from head to toe after being caught hiding in a muddy corner of the lake.

In court Monday, Smith took responsibility for the crimes and said his meth addiction had destroyed his life. He also told the judge he is truly sorry and wants to be a responsible father.

Travis Harlow is the co-owner of Fire Barn Sports Bar, and one of Smith's many victims. He hope's the sentence will be enough to break his pattern of crime.

“You just hope and wish that in two years, that will be enough time to give him the opportunity to get rehabilitated and be able to get back into society,” Harlow said.

Smith was originally charged with 46 counts of burglary, but was only convicted of seven.

During Monday's sentencing, Judge Kelch said he had never seen anyone commit that many burglaries before.

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