Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman slapped a habitual offender with a four-year prison term on Wednesday for burglarizing the Islander Rent-A-Car along Airport Road and stealing its 2013 Toyota Corolla.
Wiseman sentenced 28-year-old Jack Petrus to 10 years in prison, all suspended except for the first four years which he will serve day-to-day without parole.
Petrus will be placed on probation for five years after his release from prison. He was required to pay Islander Rent-A-Car $841 in restitution and $10 fine, and complete 500 hours of community service.
Petrus and counsel, chief public defender Douglas Hartig, signed a plea deal with the government, represented by assistant attorney general Margo Brown.
Petrus pleaded guilty to burglary and theft of vehicle. As part of the plea deal, the other charges—theft, criminal mischief, and criminal contempt—were dropped. A theft charge in a 2010 case was also dismissed.
Wiseman said he reluctantly accepted the plea agreement considering the defendant’s criminal history.
“In the eyes of this court, you are a menace to the society!” the judge told Petrus.
Wiseman said Petrus committed “stupid crimes” in the past.
Wiseman said he accepted the plea deal because the defendant will be removed from society for quite some time.
The judge warned Petrus that if he commits another crime, he will see to it that he will get the maximum sentence.
According to the plea agreement, Petrus unlawfully entered the Islander Rent-A-Car on Nov. 28 to 29, 2012, to steal a 2013 Toyota Corolla. At the time, the company was not open to the public. At that time, the defendant was on probation in a 2011 criminal case.
Among the defendant’s many convictions was when he tried to stab his relative with a spoon because he was hungry.