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Man sent to prison for probation failure

Staff Reports

Probation was revoked Tuesday for a 23-year-old Carson City man who failed to meet the terms of probation for stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from a residence where he worked as a landscaper.

District Judge Tod Young ordered Cesar Dominic Hartman to serve his underlying sentence of six years in prison for the grand larceny charge.

Hartman was accused of several probation violations including using marijuana, and failure to pay restitution, find employment or obtain a substance abuse evaluation.

Hartman already served 90 days in jail for a previous probation violation.

"We're all very frustrated with Mr. Hartman," said Kris Brown, his court-appointed lawyer. "He's not grasping it's his duty."

Brown said she recommended a regimental discipline program, but Hartman wasn't interested.

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Prosecutor Maria Pence recommended sending Hartman to prison.

"His behavior on probation has gotten worse instead of improving," she said. "He should simply serve out his sentence, and close the case, and stop wasting everybody's time."

Hartman has failed to pay any restitution toward the $9,427 loss to the victims.

Hartman was working at the victims' home, and stole the items when the owners left the residence open so workers could use the bathroom.

Young reminded Hartman that he still owed restitution when he was released from prison. He must serve a minimum of 16 months before he is eligible for probation, and received credit for 134 days in custody.

"You owe this money, you are hard to supervise and you don't do what you're supposed to do," the judge said.

He ordered Hartman to report to court the first Tuesday after his release from prison to set up a payment plan.

Young advised Hartman that even though he would be out of prison, he faced contempt if he failed to pay.

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