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Mitchell man gets probation in purse-snatching case

A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months on probation for being an accessory to first-degree robbery.

Charles Hart, 29, was arrested in September for allegedly driving his 22-year-old brother, Jeremiah Hart of Huron, to and from the area near a parking lot east of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, where Jeremiah Hart allegedly stole a woman's purse.

Judge Rodney Steele sentenced Hart to a suspended 18-month prison sentence and put him on probation for 30 months. Hart was given credit for 92 days he has served in jail since his arrest and was released from custody.

Hart was also ordered to pay joint restitution of $1,482.06.

Jeremiah Hart pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery and is scheduled for trial next month. He also faces charges of reckless burning and intentional property damage for allegedly torching a stolen car early in the morning of Sept. 9 near the 900 block of West Second Avenue.