No Jail Time for Man Convicted in Theft Ring

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

An Amherst man convicted of stealing thousands of dollars worth of electrical wire from Wimme Sand and Gravel Pit in Plover in 2011 will spend 7 ½ years on probation.

Ben Jovanovich, 19, was sentenced Tuesday in Portage County court. Jovanovich was one of four men arrested following a string of thefts and burglaries in Adams and Portage counties in November and December 2011.

He was also ordered to spend 180 days on house arrest during the next two years. Jovanovich will spend no time behind bars also long has he does not violate the terms of his probation; which include have no contact with the co-defendants.

One of the suspects, Nicholas Luke, 29, of Custer received the most severe sentence. In April, he was sentenced to seven years in prison and five years extended supervision.

Zach Deyo, 20, was sentenced to six years in prison and four years extended supervision.

Bradley Stemper, 21, will be sentenced in October.

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