Probation ordered in theft from school

Preston will also pay a fine.

In the courts

JACKSON — A Heron Lake man was sentenced Wednesday for his role in a theft from the Heron Lake Elementary School.

Patrick Preston, 18, was charged with aiding and advising third-degree burglary after security footage from the incident seemed to show him at the scene. He was convicted Wednesday of a lesser charge, possession of stolen property.

For the offense, Fifth Judicial District Judge Darci Bentz granted Preston a stay of imposition, meaning that she did not declare a prison term, but allowed him to serve three years of supervised probation instead.

Preston was also ordered to serve 60 days of local jail time and pay a $500 fine. He is not allowed to come with 250 feet of any Heron Lake-Okabena school building, and he's prohibited from having contact with the victims or any of his co-defendants.

The state has 60 days to submit an affidavit of restitution, which may require Preston to pay restitution.

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