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Harris granted probation for burglary charges

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 10:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 12:38 p.m. CDT

Jesse Harris, 23, formerly of Creston, was sentenced to three years of probation Friday.

In October 2012, Harris was charged in Union County on two counts of burglary.

Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon said Harris was granted probation after successful completion of a drug rehabilitation program.

“A lot of people get a chance to complete treatment and he actually did it, which is significant,” said Kenyon.

Kenyon said Harris has been ordered to pay restitution to his burglary victims, Terry Freeman and Jason Klejch.

“I believe he is employed,” said Kenyon. “I believe he will pay restitution.”

Harris’ probation is in the process of being transferred to officials in Minneapolis, Minn., where Harris currently resides.

Kenyon said Harris is in a drug treatment program in the Minneapolis area and Harris’ program supervisor has reported he is employed and a “productive” member.

With Harris, Kenyon said Union County officials are “trying to address the symptom and the problem.”

“He’s a young defendant, first major time through and it was associated with a drug addiction,” said Kenyon. “One of the reasons he was breaking in was to steal drugs.”

Harris did have a third burglary charge, however, that charge was dropped. Kenyon said, though, that charge can be refiled at anytime.

“He has three years to prove himself,” said Kenyon.

Restitution to Freeman and Klejch, which has not been set, will be determined in the next 30 days.

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