A Beatrice man who committed crimes while on probation was sentenced to prison Thursday in Gage County District Court.

Jacob D. Bednar, 31, was sentenced by District Court Judge Rick Schreiner to three years in prison for attempted burglary and three year in prison for attempted theft by receiving stolen property valued at more than $5,000.

The two sentences will run consecutively, totaling six years. He was also ordered to serve a total of three years of post release supervision, which has similar requirements as probation, following incarceration.

Schreiner said a prison sentence was warranted in the case, since Bednar was on probation for a criminal case out of Cass County when the Gage County crime was committed.

“You met with (probation officers) March 12, 2018 and as of Feb. 12, 2019 you’ve failed to complete any of the requirements of probation,” Schreiner said. “You did, however, find the time to break the law here. You were on probation when you committed these offenses. We don’t put you on probation to allow you or give you the opportunity to commit further crimes.”

Bednar was arrested in Gage County last May following an investigation into thefts.

As part of the investigation, stolen property was located at 1425 N. 18th St.

The property was connected to several burglaries in the city of Beatrice, and possibly elsewhere.

Bednar was located at the address, and he was also found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

As part of an agreement, the two charges were amended to read “attempted,” reducing them from class 2A to class 3A felonies.

Additional charges including two counts possession of a controlled substance, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and driving under suspension were previously dismissed.

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