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Man facing federal charges for candy theft

A man is facing criminal charges for theft of merchandise after he allegedly took a high-value stolen commercial shipment to Michigan that included $200,000 in candy. The man, who hails from Arkansas, was formally indicted by federal officials connected with the incident in September, making his first appearance at a hearing in late October. He is accused of theft of an interstate shipment, along with transportation of stolen property and transportation of a stolen vehicle for his role in the April 15, 2012 theft. The federal government is administering this proceeding because the charges involve multiple states' commercial interests.

Authorities report that the man made off with a Peterbilt tractor that was attached to a utility trailer. The combined value of those two items is about $25,000. The man took the items from a warehouse in Michigan's neighboring state of Illinois, eventually transporting the goods to the northern state. Those stolen goods were destined for Lubbock, Texas, according to official reports.

In this case, the defendant is pleading not guilty to the charges. He has already been released on a modest $10,000 bond, according to news reports. The man is being represented by a federal public defender.

Defendants who are facing federal charges admittedly have different needs than those who are only accused in state court. Experienced federal attorneys can provide these individuals with the information they need to make educated decisions about their criminal proceedings. In this case, the man chose to plead not guilty, which means that the case may continue to a jury trial before it concludes. Qualified attorneys can help their clients learn more about their plea options in both state and federal matters.

Even modest property theft can take on a new character when it is presented in federal court. Defendants who are facing criminal charges in any venue deserve the full protection of the American legal system. An experienced attorney can protect these individuals' rights from indictment to sentencing and beyond.

Source: www.mlive.com, "Man indicted in theft of $200,000 shipment of Wrigley candy that ended up in Calhoun County" Rex Hall, Jr., Oct. 25, 2013

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