RACINE — A Racine man was sentenced Friday to more than a year in prison for swiping a car in January because “he did not want to walk” anymore.
Brandon D. Neal, 19, was sentenced to 1ƒ years in prison plus another two years on extended supervision for stealing the car, which a woman had left running.
The woman told police she had borrowed an acquaintance’s car and left it running on Jan. 9 at the Walgreen store parking lot, at 819 N. Memorial Drive, according to Neal’s criminal complaint. But when the woman returned, she discovered the car was missing, the complaint stated.
Neal was seen driving the car later that day and told police he took the car because “he did not want to walk,” the complaint stated.
He pleaded no contest to operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, a felony charge, on April 15.
Neal had remained in the Racine County Jail on $500 cash bond.
In sentencing Neal on Friday, Racine County Circuit Court Judge Tim Boyle also gave him credit for time served. Assistant State Public Defender Erin Larsen said Neal already had spent 142 days jailed.
Larsen had recommended three years’ probation and about six to nine months of conditional jail time for Neal. Assistant District Attorney Noah Wishau recommended that Neal go to prison, but didn’t offer an amount of time.
As conditions of supervision, Boyle ordered Neal to pay $450 in restitution to the victim, and return the car’s key to its owner — if he finds it.
Boyle also ordered Neal to perform 10 hours of community service each week if he wasn’t working and to obtain a full-time job or attend school full time. He also said Neal can’t have any illegal drugs or alcohol.