Jail time for theft of trailers

A Shobonier teen who was one of two individuals arrested in March for a number trailer thefts in the area will spend a little less than four months in jail.
Johnny L. Baker, 18, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Fayette County Court to a charge of vehicle theft conspiracy and was sentenced to 120 days in the Fayette County Jail, with 10 days credit given for time already served.
Judge Don Sheafor also sentenced Baker to 48 months probation, issued a $2,500 fine, and ordered him to pay a $50 Crimewatch fee and a $400 public defender reimbursement fee.
Sheafor allowed the start of Baker’s jail sentence to be delayed until June 9, and court records show that the office of State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison has no objection to “furloughs required for his college education during his jail sentence.”
Baker has been ordered not to consume drugs or alcohol, or be in any place where alcohol is the primary business. He is also to submit to random drug testing, and to pay restitution of $1,505 to one of the victims in the case.
Vehicle theft conspiracy is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
As part of the plea-bargaining process, charges of aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle/parts and theft more than $500 were dismissed.
The juvenile was charged in a juvenile petition, and under state law, juvenile records are not open to the public.
Baker and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested and charged at the beginning of March after a routine traffic stop in Vandalia.
Morrison said at the time that a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy stopped Baker at Kennedy Boulevard and Fletcher Street when he noticed that a trailer that Baker was pulling did not have operable lights.
That traffic stop was made a day after the Vandalia Police Department was called to the Vandalia Lake marina for a report of a suspicious vehicle.
According to Vandalia Police reports, the call was received at 2:28 a.m., and when an officer arrived at the marina, the vehicle was gone. However, two flatbed trailers that were believed to have been stolen from Ramsey were in the area. It was at that point that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to investigate the matter.

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