MADISON — Jeffrey Hoadley helped plan the burglary.
He even went to Speedway Auto Parts last Dec. 5 to commit the crime with Michael Larkowski Jr. But when it came time to scale that fence, Larkowski went in and Hoadley turned back.
Police responded to a burglary alarm at the business and apprehended Larkowski. They then learned of the burglary plan and later arrested 21-year-old Hoadley of Carroll.
Hoadley’s lawyer, Jason Doele of Norfolk, argued that Hoadley needed help for his reliance on methamphetamine and marijuana, arguing for probation or a lengthy prison term so that he could receive treatment while incarcerated.
Judge Mark Johnson agreed that Hoadley could benefit from probation, sentencing him to a term of 36 months.
But probation wasn’t the original sentence Johnson had in mind, he said.
“I’m really taking a chance on you,” he said. “You have a moral compass. Something in you turned away.”
Hoadley was also ordered to pay an $1,800 fine and must serve 120 days in jail at the end of probation unless waived.
And then there was another unusual term added.
Johnson ordered that Hoadley not be involved in any romantic relationships during his probation.
“You need to focus on you,” Johnson said.
Larkowski previously received 2-4 years in prison for the burglary.
Johnson also sentenced others Friday on the following charges:
Jesse R. Blum, 25, 307 S. 10th St., attempted possession of methamphetamine, theft by receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, 30-42 months in prison with credit for 192 days, costs.
Jesse Zobrist, 33, Madison County jail, burglary-two counts, unauthorized use of a financial device, obstructing governmental operations, 30 days in jail plus 8-10 years in prison with credit for 58 days, costs.