- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln man who was given a rare chance with probation when he was 14 has been sentenced to prison for violating it by attempting to break into a business.

Deanta Delarosa, 19, pleaded guilty in May to attempted burglary after he got caught trying to break into a business in July 2015, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/2aJ5WsE ) reported. At the time, Delarosa was still on probation for a robbery he committed in December 2011.

On Monday, Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn revoked Delarosa’s probation, sentenced him to four to six years in prison for the original robbery and gave him another 18 months to two years for the new charge.

Delarosa already has credit for nearly two years in jail and will have to serve about 10 months before he’s eligible for parole.

“I understand I have to face the consequences,” Delarosa told Colborn.

Defense attorney Nancy Peterson said that while she and Delarosa are disappointed that he was back in court, Delarosa has improved as a person since he committed his first crime. She said Delarosa became the first in his family to earn a high school degree and qualified for state championships in wrestling and track.

Peterson called Delarosa’s achievements in the four and a half years since his arrest a remarkable success of the justice system.

At his sentencing, Delarosa said he was grateful to now-retired Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt Jr. for helping him recognize that he needed to change after he was arrested the first time.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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