HARRODSBURG - A couple who were caught on surveillance tape last December stealing Christmas gifts were sentenced Tuesday in Mercer Circuit Court.
Joseph and Rebecca Wilson were caught on tape as they burglarized the home of the Bruce Ashford family on Sexton Lane. Personal items and electronics, all valued at more than $1,400, were taken.
Joseph Wilson pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $300 and second-degree persistent felony offender charges. Through a plea bargain with the commonwealth's attorney's office, he was sentenced to 15 years.
He waived final sentencing Tuesday morning and accepted the sentence handed down by Circuit Judge Darren Peckler.
Susanne McCollough, a public defender representing Joseph Wilson, said these were the first of similar charges filed in five other counties: Bourbon, Clark, Garrard, Jessamine and Lincoln counties. Many of the offenses occurred around Christmas.