Ringo Starr Stevens pled guilty to the two counts of theft by deception in Jones County Superior Court Oct. 3 and received 12 months each for count. The misdemeanor sentences will run consecutively for a total of 24 months, but it may be served on probation.
The incident that resulted in the first charge took place May 13, according to a report by Jones County Deputy Michael Smallwood Jr. The report states he was dispatched to a local gas and convenience store in reference to a theft.
The store manager told Smallwood that a man had fraudulently gotten $200 in cash the previous day. The man called and said he worked for a local lawn service that had an account with the store. He said his truck was broken down, and the lawn service owner was out of town. The man asked to borrow $200.
The transaction was authorized by the clerk, who assumed the man worked for the lawn service, which was a regular customer of the store. But when the owner was contacted the next day, he had no knowledge of the truck or of the man who borrowed the money.
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