Teenagers get probation in liquor store break-in
Three teenagers who broke into a Stateline liquor store stealing alcohol, soda, cigarettes and lollipops were sentenced Monday to probation and ordered to pay $589.15 restitution.
District Judge Michael Gibbons suspended one-year jail sentences for Joplin Rusty Ruebottom, 19, David Jeremy Baker, 19, and Derrick Anthony Fieguth, 18.
They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, a gross misdemeanor.
He ordered them to complete 11 terms of their probation including full-time school or employment.
If they’re not working or in school, the defendants must work 40 hours a week community service and prove they have submitted five job applications each.
They are subject to search and seizure for drugs and alcohol and random testing.
The trio admitted breaking into Dart Discount Liquor on Sept. 20. The defendants said they stole two bottles of alcohol, three cartons of cigarettes, two bottles of soda and the lollipops.
Restitution for the stolen items was set at $315.
They also broke a plate glass door valued at $274.15.
Prosecutor Maria Pence said the owner did not want the teenagers incarcerated because of their ages.
“He was hoping the individuals would appreciate he wasn’t recommending prison for something that could have gone horribly wrong,” Pence said.
“I’m sorry,” Baker said. “If I could take it back, I would. I have nothing against the guy.”
Ruebottom and Fieguth also apologized.
“I’m sorry,” Ruebottom said. “I heard the owner of Dart Liquors is a pretty good guy, I feel bad.”
“I shouldn’t have done it,” Fieguth said. “If I had a chance to apologize face-to-face, I would.”
Gibbons order the defendants to pay $250 each for their court-appointed attorneys after they paid restitution to the victims.