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Theft charge lands man in prison for five years

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One of two individuals charged with a theft that occurred in January entered a guilty plea and received five years to serve in prison.

Eric Alexander Marks, 26, was arrested Jan. 10 and charged with theft by taking. He was in Jones County Superior Court Aug. 13 to enter a guilty plea. The court proceeding was accomplished by video conferencing via Zoom.

Marks was represented by public defender Tom O’Donnell, and the case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin. The prosecutor styled the case for the court. She said the crime was a felony and involved the removal of a trailer filled with tools from a residence on Deer Ridge Place. Baskin said the investigation of the case led to the arrest of Marks and a codefendant for that theft. She added that more charges in other counties are expected to follow.

The maximum sentence for the charge is 10 years to serve in prison. 

Baskin said the five-year sentence included restitution in the amount of $15,169.

Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior presided over the case and followed the state’s recommendation of five years to serve. The defendant also received credit rates for time served since his Jan. 10 arrest. 

The sentence states that the case shall run concurrently with any and all existing cases.

A report of the theft by Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy Arthur Warren stated that the victim of the theft noticed that his trailer was missing Dec. 19, 2019, when he was getting ready for work.

The trailer was described as black and enclosed with one axle. Warren said, at the previous location of the trailer, he could see tracks and drag marks. He also noticed a block where the trailer had been sitting, and two pieces of a lock on the ground.

Items inside the trailer were listed as a zero-turn lawnmower, a Stihl backpack blower, weed eaters and other miscellaneous tools.