DECATUR — A Decatur car burglar was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday when he appeared in Macon County Circuit Court.
Kenneth P. Hobbs, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, Class 2 felonies, as part of a plea deal negotiated by his attorney, Thomas Wheeler. Several other burglary charges were then dismissed.
Judge Jeffrey Geisler had told Hobbs he was being sentenced under tougher sentencing guidelines because of his previous criminal history.
Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney David Perry said the burglary charges date to Aug. 12, when Hobbs had been caught by a business owner breaking into several cars in Decatur to steal batteries and other valuables.
Perry said Hobbs had tried to bluff his way out by pretending he had the permission of the car owners to remove the items but “took off running” when confronted further.