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Man sentenced for theft of catalytic converter in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A New York man was sentenced following his guilty plea to theft and criminal mischief, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

Frank MacChurch, 62, of Middletown was sentenced on Aug. 25 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Taggart said.

MacChurch was sentenced to 365 days New Jersey State Prison which will run concurrently with his sentence he is currently serving in Pennsylvania. In addition, he must also pay $1,000 in restitution, submit a DNA sample, and pay $250 in fines and fees, Taggart said.

MacChurch pled guilty on June 22 to fourth-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree theft. In pleading guilty, he admitted that in the Montague Township he did commit theft by unlawfully taking certain movable property, specifically a catalytic converter. He also admitted to committing the offense of criminal mischief by purposely, knowingly or recklessly damaging tangible property belonging to the victim, Taggart said.

At sentencing, MacChurch was represented by Bruce Farrier, Esq., and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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