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Man Indicted On Stealing Mower From Jehovah's Witnesses

The man was sentenced to seven years after he pleaded guilty to stealing a mower from New Life Covenant Church.

A St. Peters man was indicted by a St. Charles County grand jury Friday on second-degree burglary and felony theft charges.

St. Charles County Sheriff’s detectives said the man stole a riding lawn mower, leaf blower and a trimmer April 5 from the St. Peters Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 1800 St. Peters Howell Road.

Jeremy Humphries, 28, of the 100 block of Park Charles Boulevard South just south of St. Peters, previously pleaded guilty to two burglaries and thefts after breaking into a maintenance shed at New Life Covenant Church, 300 Siedentop Road, on May 3 and May 16.

Police said he and Larry Jones, 42 of the 1400 block of Brittany Cove in St. Peters, stealing a lawn mower, leaf blower, a gas generator, five filled gasoline cans, a toolbox, tools and hardware.

Circuit Court Judge Daniel Pelikan sentenced Humphries June 20 to seven years in prison for the burglaries.

Jones pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and felony stealing in the New Life Covenant Church thefts. Circuit Court Judge Nancy Schneider sentenced Jones Aug. 13 to seven years in prison. He also is required to complete an institutional treatment program.

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BriarPatch December 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
A more appropriate punishment would be to have the men pay full restitution for what they stole and then give them a 7 year sentence to provide free lawn maintenance to the two churches. Instead, they get to be a burden to society. How much will those 7 years cost the taxpayers?
Jill Bartuscio December 12, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Yeah... if someone stole from you and you also knew they are a repeat offender YOU would want them close your home, family, friends and acquaintances??? Or would you rather them be incarcerated? This is why it's not up to just ONE person to make new laws.
Golden Slumbers December 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Lets say the man stole two cars from you.The judge sentences him to 7 years of detailing and maintenance on those vehicles.Just because he stole your cars doesn't mean he knows how to care for them. Just because he stole lawnmowers doesn't mean he knows landscaping. In fact seeing as he is a thief he probably has no skills other than already being as burden to society.
Keepalowprofile December 22, 2012 at 10:34 PM
He must have been trying to gather up money to have his ears fixed.

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