A Jefferson City teenager pleaded guilty to one count of felony stealing for his involvement in the theft of thousands of dollars of fiberoptic cable in July 2019.
During a hearing before Cole County Judge Dan Green, Jewel Boyd, 18, was placed on five years supervised probation. If he is found to have violated his parole, he could face up to seven years in prison. Prosecutors dismissed a charge of first-degree tampering against Boyd in the case.
Two others were charged in this case. Travis Ledford Jr., 22, is charged with stealing along with first-degree and second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. He is scheduled to be before Cole County Presiding Judge Pat Joyce on Friday.
Devin Schrimpf, 18, is charged with stealing and first-degree tampering. His case is to be before Cole County Judge Dan Green in January.
A witness saw the three taking the wire, valued at $2,400, from the rear of a vehicle, according to Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statements. Court documents do not specify where the vehicle was when the theft occurred.
Another witness said they saw Ledford spray painting the vehicle, which was discovered to have been stolen from California.
The cable and vehicle were found at Schrimpf's residence in the 5200 block of Bagnall Drive.
Boyd was found to be in possession of a key to the vehicle.