BANGOR, Maine — A local man was sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to four years in prison with all but six months suspended after pleading guilty to eight counts each of burglary and theft connected to break-ins at two downtown buildings last summer.
Jonathan Matute, 19, of Bangor was also sentenced to two years of probation, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.
In addition to prison time and probation, Superior Court Justice Kevin Cuddy ordered Matute to pay $8,000 in restitution, less than half the value of the items reported stolen, Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts said Thursday afternoon.
“Justice Cuddy felt Matute most likely would not be able to pay that much restitution during his two years of probation,” Roberts said.
The prosecutor said the value of the items taken totaled more than $16,500.
The judge ordered Matute to begin serving his sentence immediately at the Penobscot County Jail.
By pleading guilty, Matute admitted that in July of 2012, he broke into the Coe building on Main Street and a Harlow Street office building. Cash, cameras, computer equipment and other electronics were reported stolen, according to police at the time.
Matute was arrested Aug.1 in Broward County, Fla., according to a previously published report. He was taken into custody in that state after a Sears store contacted police about a theft of tools. A four-door Buick Century reported stolen from the University of Maine on July 26 was recovered, Bangor police said at the time of Matute’s Aug. 1 arrest in the Sunshine State.
Matute was sentenced in Florida to eight months of incarceration for auto theft and shoplifting, Roberts said Thursday, but apparently was released early. He returned to Maine late last year and was free on $500 cash bail until he began serving his sentence Thursday, according to a previously published report.
In Maine, Matute faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on each of the charges.