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Former WNCC basketball players convicted of theft fined $5,000, probation

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© 19-year-old Austin Clark © 19-year-old Austin Clark
19-year-old Zac Bibb 19-year-old Zac Bibb
18-year-old Mathieu Prieels 18-year-old Mathieu Prieels
Clark and Bibb in the WNCC Cougar Basketball team picture for the 2013-2014 season Clark and Bibb in the WNCC Cougar Basketball team picture for the 2013-2014 season

Three men - including two who started the season on the Western Nebraska Community College basketball team - have received hefty sentences for their involvement in a string of 2013 thefts.

19-year-old Austin Clark and Zachery Bibb, as well as 18-year-old Mathieu Prieels were arrested in January following a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles. Clark and Bibb were both freshman for the Cougar basketball team at the start of the season .

All three pled no contest to a total of 6 Class II misdemeanors and 4 Class I misdemeanors. They will also pay a total of $7,142.38 in restitution to the victims of their crimes.

On Friday, the trio was sentenced to pay a $500 fine on each of the 10 counts they were convicted of, for a total of $5,000. 

In addition, they received two years of probation, 200 hours of community service, and a 90-day suspended jail sentence. If they fail to fulfill the community service requirement, they will be jailed.

Court documents say that between November 29 and December 5, 2013, the three men drove around searching for unlocked vehicles and stole items. Items included a radar detector, a wallet, a deposit bag with a large amount of cash in it, binoculars, an X-Box, and golf clubs.

 

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