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Man sentenced in vehicle theft case

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WORTHINGTON — A man caught driving a stolen vehicle during a November traffic stop was sentenced Tuesday morning to a stayed prison term of one year and one day.

Shukri Jara, 31, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was charged with possession of stolen property and fifth-degree drug possession, as well as introduction of contraband into jail, driving after license suspension, possession of an open bottle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jara will serve his stayed sentence if he does not comply with the terms of his three-year probation. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, which may be worked off through community service, and $596 in restitution to the victim whose vehicle he stole.

"You need to find a different path, Mr. Jara," said Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore. "Drugs are not going to lead you in any sort of positive way."

Jara told the court that he wants to make changes in his life.

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"I'm trying to take a turning point for me," he said. "No matter where I go, it's the guidance of the Almighty. The sentence you're going to give me is through him."

In addition to the November theft, Jara has an active warrant for his arrest in South Dakota, and he is expected to comply with the requirements in that case.

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