A homeless man who pleaded guilty to taking a car from a Casper auto shop was sentenced Wednesday to four to seven years in prison.
Natrona County District Judge Daniel Forgey sentenced Ronald W. Crebs, III on a single felony count of wrongful taking or disposing of property. He also ordered Crebs pay $7,002.48 in restitution.
Crebs, wearing jail scrubs, read from a prepared statement when given the opportunity to speak. He apologized to the citizens of Casper, the court and prosecutors. Crebs agreed with the assessment of his attorney, Curtis Cheney, who said Crebs had changed in the seven months since the crime.
The sentence was recommended by both Cheney and prosecutor Kevin Taheri as part of a plea deal struck in February. In exchange for Crebs’ guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss an additional felony count of burglary.
At his change of plea hearing, Crebs told Forgey he had taken a car sometime between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from Big Dawg Auto and kept it for approximately two days. Crebs said he did not have permission to take the car.
Casper police have alleged Crebs took a 2003 Honda Civic from the shop, according to court documents.
Riverton police spotted the car on Oct. 2 and attempted to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop, the documents allege. Shortly after police gave up pursuit, a Toyota Sequoia was reported stolen. Police found the Civic at the house where the Toyota had been parked.
Wyoming Highway Patrol spotted Crebs driving the Toyota SUV on U.S. Highway 20-26 and used spike strips to stop it, according to the documents.