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Two guilty of burglary at Belmont church

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Two young men have confessed to burglarizing a local church last April.

Keith R. Preston and Anthony W. Krempp recently entered guilty pleas in Bullitt Circuit Court for their roles in breaking into an outbuilding belonging to Belmont Baptist Church.

According to a story in The Pioneer News, the two men broke into the church and took items such as a radio and a fire safe on April 22, 2008.

However, a witness got a license number and members of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department quickly apprehended the pair. The stolen items were recovered.

Preston, 19, of northern Bullitt County, entered guilty pleas to complicity to burglary, complicity to theft by unlawful taking under $300 and complicity to possession of burglary tools.

The concurrent sentence would be five years.

Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress ordered that 90 days be served in the Bullitt County Detention Center and the rest of the sentence would be probated.

He would serve 300 hours of community service and pay $40 in restitution.

Attorney John Wooldridge requested his client be allowed to serve the entire five years on probation. He said Preston had moved to Louisville and walked to and from work.

If he served jail time, Wooldridge said he would probably lose his job.

Assistant commonwealth attorney Mike Ferguson said serving 90 days in jail was part of the agreement.

Krempp, 19, of Lebanon Junction, entered a plea to complicity to burglary, complicity to theft by unlawful taking under $300, complicity to possession of burglary tools and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

His sentence was also five years.

Krempp would also serve 90 days in jail with the rest of the sentence probated. He would also serve 300 hours of community service and pay $40 in restitution.

However, as part of Krempp’s plea agreement, he would serve seven days in jail with the rest on work release.

Attorney Jahmal Wooldridge said his client requested work release because he needed to continue his job to support his family. Ferguson did not object.

Burress said it was a tremendous crime the two men committed against the entire church community. And instead of Krempp wishing to make a statement to the judge, Burress said he recommended the defendant go to Belmont Baptist Church one Sunday morning and apologize to the members.