Teen facing boot camp for receiving and concealing stolen property

November 24, 2014
Norman

Norman

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — A 17-year-old Hesperia man is looking at a boot camp stint for receiving and concealing a stolen 26-foot travel trailer.

John Joseph Norman, Jr., of 2838 E. Garfield Rd., Hesperia, pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 24, in 27th Circuit Court to a five-year felony of receiving and concealing stolen property over $1,000/under $20,000. In exchange for his plea, the court will recommend that he serve his time in a Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) boot camp program, and if he is incarcerated, he would go to jail — not prison.

Norman told Judge Anthony A. Monton that some time between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5, he found the trailer. “I was two-tracking with a buddy of mine, and I saw that it was for sale for $800,” he testified. “But you knew it was stolen property?” Monton asked. “Yes,” Norman said. He was arrested Oct. 21 by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen, who is currently out on a $5,000/10 percent bond, is set for sentencing Jan. 5 at 9 a.m.

He was found guilty June 23 of driving while license suspended in 78th District Court and sentenced to 93 days discretionary jail and $400 in fines and costs. He was also arrested Oct. 19 by OCSO for a misdemeanor of minor in possession of alcohol (MIP), and a pretrial in 78th District Court is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 10:45 a.m.

 

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