- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HOLLIDAYBURG, PA. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man begged a judge to send him to jail, only to have the judge tell him to borrow money to repay a convenience store $214 for gasoline the man allegedly stole in six separate trips. Jerome Banks, 42, wanted Blair County Judge Hiram Carpenter to jail him Tuesday.

Banks said he’s due to receive disability payments in about a year, but for now claims he’s broke and can’t repay the Sheetz store in Tyrone for gas he stole last June and July.

Carpenter refused to accept Banks guilty plea and send him to jail. The judge told Banks he’d still owe the money after he got out of jail, so he might as well pay it off sooner _ at which time Carpenter said he’ll dismiss the charges.

The judge gave Banks until May 4 to pay.

___



Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide