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Burglar is facing 4-plus years in jail

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Courts > Craven went into same house many times

By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos resident John Craven, who was convicted of robbing his neighbor nine times last year, was recently in court for a probation violation. At issue was whether or not Craven should be released from jail until a hearing is held determining his guilt or innocence June 10.
According to Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, the reason why Craven was reincarcerated in the first place was that he allegedly lied about his community service hours, telling probation authorities he performed services when he really didn’t.
As a result of the violation, he could end up serving the full sentence for his crimes, which is nearly 4 years, 8 months in jail.
The final time Craven burglarized the Ragsdales was Jan. 14, 2014. The attempt was foiled, however, when the Ragsdales came home early after a night out to find Craven in their house going through their valuables.
According to court documents Mike Ragsdale had a gun with him at the time. Craven was found behind a bathroom door, but instead of shooting Craven, Ragsdale escorted Craven out of his house and then called police.
Craven was sentenced for the burglaries, getting three-years’ supervised probation and treatment for drug addiction, as well as community service, according to a sentence handed out by then District Judge Sheri Raphaelson.


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