A Beatrice man was sentenced to prison for stealing two computers and computer equipment from Neapco in June 2012 in Gage County District Court Wednesday afternoon.
David E. Barrett, 27, will serve 20-36 months in prison for attempted theft by deception, a class IV felony. He will be eligible for parole in 10 months, and complete discharge in 18 months.
Barrett was given credit for four days served.
During sentencing, Barrett’s attorney, Jerry Shelton, said his client used poor judgment and made an impulsive decision to steal the computers.
“I would point out to the court that, rather than a detailed plan, this was the result of poor judgment and impulsive behavior on his part,” Shelton said, noting that Barrett was struggling to make ends meet after losing a job at Neapco.
Barrett was arrested after several Neapco employees discovered their computers were missing. Another witness said they spotted Barrett in the area where the computers went missing at 9:30 p.m. that evening.
Beatrice Police found Barrett at his home at 112 N. Lasalle St. where he admitted to taking the equipment.
Shelton said Barrett was cooperative with police during the investigation.
During the hearing, both Gage County Chief Deputy Attorney Rick Schreiner and Shelton commented on a response Barrett gave during a pre-sentence investigation in which he requested the court place him in prison rather than on probation.
Shelton said Barrett was distraught during the interview and would like to be considered as a candidate for probation.
Korslund empathized with Barrett and his trouble providing with his family.
“I can understand that as a motivation but there are other ways than breaking the law to support your family,” he said. “As far as earning a living to support your family, I found it revealing and sad that you had a good job at Neapco and you recognized it to be a good job. You said it was the best job you ever had but you were terminated for too many absences after nine months.”
The judge said Barrett was not motivated to complete probation.
“What it comes down to, but I hate to say this, you’re not motivated to make probation work,” Korslund said. “I think sentencing you to probation would just set you up to another revocation.”
“It's time for you to go to prison. I hope you will take advantage of programs that are available there,” Korslund added.