A 45-year-old Jerome man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for breaking into two storage units in Bellevue late last year and stealing items valued at more than $15,000.
Sentencing for Gerald Wade Henslee on felony counts of burglary and grand theft was pronounced Monday by Judge Robert J. Elgee in Blaine County 5th District Court. Henslee, who was originally charged with two counts each of burglary and grand theft, pleaded guilty to single counts of each crime in July in accord with a plea agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Elgee ordered that Henslee spend three years in prison before parole eligibility. Henslee was given credit for 155 days already spent in jail following his arrest in March.
The case was investigated by the Bellevue Marshal’s Office. Marshal Larry Clark wrote in a probable-cause affidavit that Henslee in mid-November 2011 cut and replaced the locks on two storage units at South Valley Storage and later returned to steal a small fishing boat, a snowmobile, two televisions, a bicycle and other items from the units.
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