Courthouse thief gets jail time

By Kaylie Ractliffe

The man who broke into the Richardson County Courthouse last October has been sentenced after Judge Julie D. Smith found him guilty on four charges.

Harvey Webster, a 25-year-old transient, was arrested after globe lights outside the courthouse were found smashed, the county clerk’s office window was broken and the office had been ransacked. He pled no contest to the charges and was found guilty of attempt of a class 2A felony, theft by unlawful taking ($500-$1,500), criminal mischief ($500-$1,500), and attempt of a class 1 misdemeanor.

Webster’s sentence includes jail for a term of 364 days, although he will be granted credit for 175 days already served and may soon be released on good time. He will be under post-release supervision for a term of 18 months as a part of his sentence and will owe a drug testing fee of $90, a post-release supervision enrollment fee of $30 and a monthly probation fee of $180. Webster also owes a total of $2,000 in fines for his theft and criminal mischief charges.

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