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3/12/2013 2:44:00 PM
One of two sentenced in multi-state crime spree
Zachery Louis Schutts
Zachery Louis Schutts

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


CAMP VERDE -- One of two young men from Locust Grove, Okla., charged in a three-state crime spree that ended in Jerome was sentenced Monday to two years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Zachery Louis Schutts, 19, pleaded guilty in mid-January to the multiple offenses involving burglary, theft and auto theft and criminal damage. He will be credited for 96 days already served.

Schutts has also been ordered to pay $500 restitution to Jerome Jewelry and $8,097.24 to C and A Insurance and others.

Dakota Bryan Hall has also agreed to a plea and will be sentenced later. Both are said to have committed crimes in Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Schutts told the court that the string of events were a "selfish act that never should have happened." He apologized to the victims and the court.

Judge Michael Bluff sentenced the teen for shoplifting at Walmart, attempted auto theft, burglary in the third degree at the Jerome Jewelry, theft and criminal damage. Bluff said Schutts' young age, lack of criminal history, and alcohol played a significant part, figured to weight the mitigating factors greater than aggravating ones. He sentenced Schutts to a slightly mitigated term with all the sentences running concurrently.

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