[Audio] Marihart: Burglaries a “Really Bad Mistake”
Derek Marihart, 19, is getting a second chance. The teenager from Pine City appeared in Pine County Court, Thursday, for sentencing related to a string of burglaries of area bars between August and October of 2008. He was arrested along with three other teens, Kaitlyn Nosbush, Spencer Knutson, and Michael Schouveller.
Marihart was sentenced to five years probation for three counts of third degree burglary and one count of theft of a firearm. He already served 90 days in the Pine County Jail for the charges.
Hear Marihart Talk About Thursday’s Sentencing:
Marihart appeared in front of Judge Krista Martin. He told Martin that the burglaries were a “really bad mistake” and added, “this is the first and last bad thing I will do in my life.”
Marihart’s lawyer Daniel Bina told Judge Martin, ” I am hoping the whole process has gotten [Marihart’s] attention and I’m sure it has.”
Martin told Marihart she sees stories like his come in front of her all the time, and said if she had a nickel for every time someone promised to turn their life around and ended up in prison she “would be rich.” Martin went on to say “I believe you might pull it off and will not come back here again.” Martin added, “All the cards are in your hands.”
If Marihart does not violate his probation, the charges will reduce to a misdemeanor. Martin ordered he pay a $500 fine, which Marihart can work off through community service at a rate of $6 an hour. Marihart must also pay $700 in restitution to Mavericks Bar and $373.64 to the Timeout Bar.
Martin wished Marihart “the very best of luck.”
Marihart says he no longer associates with the other co-defendants. He cites peer pressure as the reason he became involved. Marihart tells Red Rock Radio he lost his job prior to the burglaries and was enticed by the chance to make a lot of money in a short amount of time.
Marihart says he is taking classes at Pine Technical College and is sending letters of apology to the bars he burglarized. He hopes to earn the necessary credits and enroll in a larger college in the near future.
Marihart tells Red Rock Radio his mother has already spoken with the owners of Maverick’s and issued an apology. Marihart says he also wants to sit down with the victims to give an in person apology.
Michael Schouveller is due back in court for a contested omnibus hearing February 5th.
Spencer Knutson’s next appearance on March 6th is also for a contested omnibus.
Sentencing for Kaitlyn Nosbush is April 13th.