Sunday, Jul 27, 2014
AP Florida

Ocala thief gets prison after breaking probation

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OCALA, Fla. (AP) The court system gave a 25-year-old Ocala man a break after he was accused of dealing in stolen property.

Earlier this year, a judge sentenced Justin Lee Scott to five years of probation for the June 2013 theft. But officials say just a few hours later Scott was arrested on burglary and grand theft charges.

Last week, Circuit Judge Hale Stancil called Scott's actions a "slap in the face." The judge says it was the "quickest violation of probation" he's ever seen.

Prosecutors sought 10 years of prison time for Scott.

Scott, who says he dreams of becoming an X-ray technician, asked for another chance.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1owBTn4 ) reports the judge sentenced him to six years in prison followed by nine years of drug-offender probation.

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