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Man pleads to stealing from his mother
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A man on probation as a first-time offender had his probation revoked and was sentenced to 10 years confinement after he was charged with three new counts of burglary, one count of theft by receiving and several counts of theft by deception.  The latter charges were called in by the suspect’s mother, who reported her son stole jewelry from her house and tried to pawn it at seven different local pawn shops.
Michael Earl Palmer stood before Liberty County Superior Judge Paul Rose at a plea hearing held at the Liberty Jail courtroom Monday afternoon and said he was guilty of all the charges presented.
Palmer was first arrested and charged with one count of burglary, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of giving a false name to an officer last year after allegedly burglarizing a home at 924 Aspen Court.
On March 17, he accepted a plea as a first-time offender. His burglary charge was reduced to theft by receiving. He was sentenced to 90-180 days in a probation detention center, ordered to pay $1,000 fine and received six years of probation for the theft charge. He also was ordered to pay $500 for the possession charge, another $100 fine and given a 12-month probation to run concurrent with the theft charge for giving a false name.
But public files show Palmer’s probation officer submitted a petition for adjudication of guilt and imposition of sentence, alleging Palmer committed another burglary Aug. 29, failed to make scheduled payments and was rejected from community service work for only doing four of his required 80 hours.
Investigators later added two more charges of burglary, theft by receiving for allegedly taking his mother’s jewelry without her knowledge and eight counts of theft by deception for trying to pawn the jewelry and other stolen objects at local pawn shops.
Palmer was denied bond on Oct.1.
Rose sentenced Palmer to 10 years confinement on all counts to run concurrent on both cases.
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