Pawnee City Man Sentenced for Role in Gas Station Burglary

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.

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