BEATRICE – A Pawnee City man has been given probation for his role in the break-in of Nick’s Shell Station and Convenience store in Beatrice.
20-year-old Austin Watts was sentenced Thursday in Gage County District Court, to a three-year probation term, on a conviction of attempted burglary.
His attorney, Dustin Garrison, said “life caught up fast” with Watts, after he had spent his early years helping his father with his race car.
:14 “all of a sudden”
Watts and an accomplice participated in the break-in. Watts told District Judge Rick Schreiner that he’s close to getting a job in which he can use two years of welding training he has received.
:18 “to do that”
Judge Schreiner noted Watts had almost no criminal history, aside from some minor traffic violations.
:24 “these circumstances”
Schreiner said being on probation will mean Watts will have to pay attention to fulfilling several requirements.
:25 “that work in”
Earlier, co-defendant Michael Grant was sentenced to a two-year term of probation for aiding and abetting a burglary. Authorities say Grant served as the lookout during the crime, while Watts entered the business. Cigarettes and food were taken.