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Sussex County man gets probation for theft of mislaid property

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Newton man was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to theft of mislaid property, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Felix Morales, 30, was sentenced before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on January 20, Koch said.

Morales was sentenced to two years of probation and was also ordered to complete 75 hours of community service work, submit a DNA sample and pay restitution of $1,708.65 and fines and fees totaling $155.00 subject to his ability to pay. He was given two days of jail credit, Koch said.

He pled guilty on December 8, 2021 to third-degree theft of mislaid property, Koch said.

On April 25, 2019, Morales came into control of property of another valued at more than $500.00 knowing that the property was lost or mislaid and took same for his own use purposely depriving the owner thereof, Koch said.

Morales was represented by Thomas Militano, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.

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