NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A New York man was sentenced for receiving stolen property in Sparta Township, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.
Anthony A. Austin, 35, of Jamaica was sentenced on May 12 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Taggart said.
Austin was sentenced to probation for a period of one year and was also sentenced to 90 days in the Morris County Correctional Facility, with credit for 3 days jail already served, Taggart said.
Conditional upon providing a copy of weekly paystubs showing employment, Austin will be permitted to serve the jail time on consecutive weekends until the full 90 day sentence is satisfied. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution to the victim, Taggart said.
His driving privileges were suspended for one year, and he was ordered to pay at least $1,035.00 in fines and fees, including motor vehicle fines. For the Liability Insurance motor vehicle offense, he was also ordered to serve 10 days community service, Taggart said.
Austin pled guilty on March 29 to third-degree receiving stolen property, driving while suspended and no liability insurance. In pleading guilty, he admitted that in the Sparta Township on Sept. 12, 2022, he did commit theft by knowingly receiving and bringing into this state movable property belonging to another person, specifically a Black Honda Accord with Pennsylvania license plates, knowing the vehicle to be stolen when he purchased the car, and operated the vehicle in New Jersey, Taggart said.
He also admitted that at the time he operated the stolen motor vehicle he knew his driving privileges were suspended and that the vehicle had no liability insurance, Taggart said.
Austin was represented by Matthew Young, Esq., and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Sally Anne Monkemeier.