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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Man sentenced to probation in church burglaries

  • A Hutchinson man was sentenced to two years of probation for his role in burglaries at four churches and attempting to burglarize a fifth.
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  • A Hutchinson man was sentenced to two years of probation for his role in burglaries at four churches and attempting to burglarize a fifth.
    A judge departed from state guidelines while sentencing 24-year-old Justin Branscom, who was also ordered to apologize to each church and pay more than $3,000 in restitution.
    Branscom's probation through Community Corrections won't start until he finishes serving a two-year prison term for previously violating probation in a 2008 arson at a jewelry store in Hutchinson.
    The Hutchinson News reports Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder asked the judge to sentence Branscom to the maximum sentence of 38 months.
    A 16-year-old co-defendant was granted probation after pleading guilty to 14 burglaries. Another received probation for five burglaries and a fourth is awaiting trial.

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