The second of two suspects convicted for stealing thousands of dollars in parts from an Austin auto parts store, and then selling them for a profit has been sentenced to supervised probation and time in the sentence to service program in Mower County District Court.
24-year old Jerimiah Coal Beaman of Austin was convicted and sentenced Wednesday to two years of supervised probation and 40 hours in the sentence to service program for a felony charge of theft, value of property or services $1,001 to $5,000. Beaman must comply with 14 different conditions while on probation, and he pleaded guilty to the charge on July 21st after initially pleading not guilty on February 23rd to that charge, and also to a felony charge for theft, value over $5,000 or trade secret, explosive, or Controlled substance I or II, which was dismissed with his guilty plea. The other suspect in the case, 41-year old Christopher David Simmons of Austin was convicted and sentenced on August 24th to three years of supervised probation, 40 hours of community work service, plus $57,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge. Simmons received a stay of imposition in the case where the defendant pleads guilty to a felony-level offense. If he or she successfully completes their probation, the conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor. Simmons first pleaded guilty to the charge on June 22nd, and a felony charge for aiding and abetting felony theft in the case against Simmons was dismissed with his guilty plea.
The Austin Police Department reported that Simmons, the store sales manager at Auto Zone Auto Parts, and Beaman had stolen parts from the store and had sold them for profit from October 1st, 2022 to February 8th, 2023.