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Mitchell man vows reform after identity theft sentence

A Mitchell man was granted a suspended imposition of sentence Tuesday for two counts of identity theft.

Cale Bender, 27, received his sentence during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center.

Bender pleaded guilty in October to two counts of identity theft for taking his ex-girlfriend’s check card and taking $162.48 from her account.

Bender apologized to the court, his family and the victim during court.

“I want to use this sentence to benefit my life and move on,” he said.

Judge Tim Bjorkman granted a suspended imposition, which allows Bender the opportunity to wipe the felony conviction from his record should he do well during probation.

Bjorkman also ordered Bender serve 60 days in jail for each conviction and ordered the days will run at the same time.

He will be on probation for three years, pay a fine of $250, pay $104 in court costs and pay $162.48 in restitution.

He must enroll in the 24/7 Sobriety program, stay away from alcohol, drugs and gambling, and get a chemical dependency evaluation.

Bjorkman also ordered Bender write a letter of apology to the victim within seven days of Tuesday. Should the victim request it, he must participate in victim-offender reconciliation — an opportunity for the victim to explain what she experienced and for Bender to apologize in person.