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Sussex County man sentenced to probation for receiving stolen property

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

Michael D. Drake, 34, of Wantage Township was sentenced on September 9 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courtroom in Newton, Taggart said.

Drake was sentenced to one year of non-custodial probation and in addition to the standard conditions of probation, he must also undergo a TASC evaluation and follow all recommendations, submit a DNA sample, complete 25 hours of community service, pay restitution in the amount of $804 and $179 in fines and fees, Taggart said.

Drake pled guilty on May 18 to third-degree receiving stolen property, Taggart said.

In pleading guilty, Drake admitted to receiving stolen property on August 30, 2021 in Wantage Township, Taggart said.

The case was investigated by Tpr. P. Delgado Rom and Tpr. N. McGarrity of the New Jersey State Police. Drake was represented by Thomas Militano, Esq. and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.

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