While jail and probation are the mainstays of the criminal justice system, some judges turn to unorthodox sentences to try to turn criminals from the dark side. Burglary conspirator Jeffrey Hoadley knows this firsthand after a mandate on his personal life entered the sentencing hearing on Friday.
In a bizarre twist of events, Judge Mark Johnson ordered Hoadley, age 21, not to become romantically involved with anyone for several years, saying, “You need to focus on you.”
Despite the strange request, Johnson likely did Hoadley a favor by keeping him out of a prison cell. Hoadley helped to plan a robbery with partner-in-crime Michael Larkowski Jr. The two were set to break into Speedway Auto Parts in Madison, Neb. last December, and Hoadley made it all the way to the fence before turning back.
Larkowski commenced to commit the burglary alone, and set off an alarm at the store. Police arrested him, and soon discovered that he had Hoadley’s assistance in plotting the crime. They later arrested Hoadley for his part.
Larkowski was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison. But Hoadley’s attorney, Jason Doele convinced the judge that his client needed help, not prison time, because he was hooked on meth and pot.
Hoadley was ultimately sentenced with 36 months of probation and an $1,800 fine. There also remains a possibility of 120 days in jail after the probationary period, but that may be waived, presumably with good behavior.
Along with these more-traditional terms, Hoadley is not to date while he is on probation.
Said the judge, “I’m really taking a chance on you. You have a moral compass. Something in you turned away.”
While Hoadley managed to escape the prison cell, it could be a lonely three years.