TORRINGTON – Two individuals received early Christmas presents during their appearances before District Court Judge Patrick Korell on Monday.
Timothy W. Smith and Logan P. Reifschneider each had potential sentences of as much as five years in prison replaced with five years of supervised probation.
Smith was charged with the theft of fire arms from relatives earlier this year. He had spent 127 days in the county jail, which was taken into consideration when he was sentenced to three- to five-years in prison. The incarceration sentence was suspended in favor of the five-year probation.
Other conditions of his sentence include restitution of $1,029.88 for the fire arms. With a history of drug problems, Smith is also required to comply with a drug test program, undergo a psychological evaluation, attend related classes and comply with accompanying obligations. He is restricted to only one dentist, one medical doctor and one pharmacy in order to track his use of controlled substances. Smith also has restrictions on checking accounts and the amount of cash to which he has access.
Probation terms include total abstinence from alcohol. He cannot possess or consume, nor be around anyone with alcohol present.
Smith was released following the sentencing.
Also on Monday’s docket was Logan P. Reifschneider who has been out on bond. He was sentenced to five years probation in place of two- to five-years in prison on a charge of felony fraud by check.
In addition to probation, he is required to make restitution of $4,000 to 1st State Bank in Torrington, where he had a checking account.
Citing Reifschneider’s apparent inability to manage money, when imposing sentence Judge Korell suggested that Reifscheider seek financial counseling. Korell said the financial impact on other people and the bank must also be taken into consideration.
Korell stipulated probation would include drug testing. Reifschneider will also be limited to one checking account with access provided to the Probation and Parole Department, and a $500 cash limit without prior approval.