SHERIDAN — A young man who admitted to stealing an automobile in Sheridan to try to get away from Normative Services, Inc., will get out of jail next week after serving 116 days behind bars.
Lucas Lundin, 18, of Glendive, Montana, pleaded guilty Monday in 4th Judicial District Court to an amended charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle — a misdemeanor.
Lundin originally faced a felony theft count that could have left him jailed for up to 10 years, but County Attorney Matt Redle explained the state decided to change the severity of the charge to give the young defendant another chance without a felony conviction.
Lundin has a long criminal history in juvenile courts, including NSI, Job Corps and several other programs. Judge John Fenn noted the justice system has spent tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on Ludin’s rehabilitative efforts over the years, and openly wondered at what point “enough is enough” and a young person needs to be incarcerated.
“It really saddens and frustrates me that sometimes these resources are squandered,” Fenn said.
Redle stated Lundin would benefit from a program that provided a level of guidance and oversight.
Defense attorney Angela Long said Montana-based Hope Link would provide the transitional, independent living skills Lundin hoped to acquire, since he would be getting out of jail with no job, no money and no familial support system. Long said Lundin hoped to be accepted to the program by the end of the week.
Fenn went along with Long’s recommendation, allowing Lundin to get out of jail early next week. As of Monday’s hearing, he had served 109 days in the detention center.