Christopher Collier, 27, was convicted of theft of property over $1,000 and less than $10,000.
Because of his extensive criminal record – more than five prior felony convictions - Collier will be considered a persistent offender when he is sentenced by Judge James Lammey Jr. on March 10.That means he is subject to enhanced punishment of 8 to 12 years in prison with parole possible only after serving 45 percent of his sentence.
Collier was arrested in the early morning hours of May 15, 2014, after a traffic stop shortly after witnesses reported that a white SUV drove away from the 3500 block of North Watkins pulling a neighbor’s trailer filled with lawn-care equipment.
Two other men also were charged, including Ephram Collier, 25, and Chester Dickerson, 49, of Mason. Both pled guilty as charged last year and were sentenced to three years of probation by another court.
Dickerson is wanted for violating terms of his probation.
Collier’s trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Chris Lareau. Lareau is a prosecutor for the DA's Special Prosecution Unit (SPU).SPU prosecutors seek the maximum allowable sentences for repeat offenders.