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Lupo gets prison time

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:14 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Spring Valley teen has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 3 felony of retail theft.

Michael V. Lupo, 18, entered a plea of guilty on March 31 before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Lupo was sentenced to serve two and one-half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, receiving credit for time served from Jan. 3, 2014, to March 30. Lupo was also ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $697.

Lupo was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender Eric May. Prosecuting the case was First Assistant State's Attorney Anthony Sciuto.

On Dec. 5, 2013, Lupo entered the Princeton Walmart store and removed a cellular telephone, valued at more than $300, from its packaging and left the store without paying the full retail value. The Princeton Police Department conducted an investigation into the theft, identifying Lupo by video surveillance evidence and subsequently recovering the telephone from Lupo.

This is Lupo's first adult criminal conviction.

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