Round Hill stamp thief going to prison
November 22, 2005
MINDEN – District Judge Dave Gamble sentenced a 34-year-old man to six years in Nevada State Prison for stealing stamps from the Round Hill post office, the second time the judge sentenced the suspect for a similar offense.
Jason Wesley Helton pleaded guilty to burglary for stealing $3,300 worth of postage stamps from a kiosk inside the post office after he diverted the clerk’s attention.
Helton was caught on videotape concealing the stamps in his shirt.
A tearful Helton asked for a second chance.
“I need help,” he said. “Coming here in front of you for the same thing is not good. My record sucks. I don’t want to steal any more. I love my family and I don’t want to leave them. I am sorry.”
Helton’s lawyer Tod Young asked the judge to sentence his client to drug court.
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“I urge you to use a tool that has a history of success,” Young said. “He knows what a terrible mess he’s made of his life.”
Prosecutor Kris Brown said between 1993 and 2004, Helton had been in prison, on probation or on parole.
“Each time he’s out, he commits a new crime,” she said. “Drug court might be nice, but he has a history that shows he’s not willing to follow the rules.
Gamble said he had no choice but to send Helton to prison.
“I think you have made some kind of mental change,” Gamble said. “I hope after you get out of the institution you have the same feeling. Drug court is available to people on parole. There is no way I can not send you to prison.”
Helton would be eligible for parole in two years.