A Beatrice man was sentenced to probation Thursday in two felony cases, both related to shoplifting.
In one of the cases, 36-year-old Christopher Haynes was sentenced to a total of 36 months probation for second offense shoplifting, attempted assault on an officer and third-degree assault. The shoplifting and assault on an officer charges were both reduced as part of a plea agreement.
In a second case, he was also sentenced to a total of 36 months probation for third-offense shoplifting and criminal mischief. That sentence will be served concurrently to the other case.
Prosecutors in the case requested a term of incarceration, though District Court Judge Rick Schreiner sentenced him to probation instead, saying it would be an opportunity for Haynes to get the treatment he needs.
“I was somewhat astonished that someone would risk being convicted of a felony for a bottle of liquor, which kind of told me the extent of the addiction here,” he said.
In the most recent case, Haynes was arrested after assaulting a police officer following a shoplifting report last August.
Police were dispatched to Sunmart for reports of a shoplifter. An employee recognized Haynes from past incidents and court documents state Haynes was seen in surveillance footage taking a bottle of Wild Turkey alcohol valued at $23.99 and concealing it in his pants before leaving the store.
Prior to locating him police received a call of a physical altercation in the 1000 block of North Fifth Street. Police saw Haynes in the area and were told by another man that Haynes assaulted two women and came at the man, prompting him to use pepper spray on Haynes.
He was placed under arrest and allegedly began kicking the door, ultimately kicking it into the officer and scraping the door jam across the officer's arm.
In the other case Haynes was arrested last May for also shoplifting from Sunmart. Following the report officers searched Haynes and found a full bottle of Southern Comfort valued at around $17 concealed in his sleeve. He also damaged two other bottles at the store.