California man sentenced to probation for stealing from construction site

POCATELLO — A Los Angeles man who pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny has received five years of probation.

Oscar Orlando Herrera, 57, was sentenced to two separate five-year felony probation sentences with 120 discretionary terms from District Judge Robert Naftz. But those two probation periods will be served concurrently, according to court documents.

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Herrera was arrested in January, along with 20-year-old Jobsan Enoc Garcia Baca, after they were found in possession of $20,000 worth of tools linked to several burglaries at construction sites.

Both men were initially charged with five counts of grand larceny. Additionally, Herrera was charged with felonies for burglary and malicious trespass to property, as well as a misdemeanor for providing false information to an officer.

After reaching a plea deal with the Bannock County District Attorney’s Office, Herrera pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny. In exchange, all other charges were dismissed.

The prosecution tried to have the deal overturned after the pair were charged with a similar burglary in Bingham County.

The request was dismissed.

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Like Herrera, Garcia Baca was sentenced to five years probation for a felony.

Herrera’s probation replaces a four to 10-year prison sentence, which was suspended. He was also ordered to pay $1,341 in costs and fines.

With his case now closed in Bannock County, Herrera, like Garcia Baca, is now free to continue court proceedings in Bingham County, where he is charged with burglary and grand larceny.

His next scheduled court date is a preliminary hearing on June 2 before Magistrate Judge James Barrett.

Alice F. Ponder