YORK – Bradlee Pratt, 20, formerly of York, has been sentenced to a term of 15-45 months in prison after being convicted of second degree forgery and felony failure to appear.
According to York County Attorney Candace Dick, a man in another county reported to the York Police Department that his bank had informed him someone else wrote a check on his account at the Walmart in York.
Dick said the man also told the police that earlier in the year, he was asked if a pregnant friend of his daughter could stay at his home because he was often not home as a long-distance truck driver.
“This pregnant young woman needed a place to stay and he agreed to let her stay there while he was gone,” Dick said. “When he returned home, he kicked her out when he said other people had been living there, too. Later, he found out that the pregnant woman was a man.”
Apparently, the man posing as a pregnant teen was identified as being Pratt.
Dick said Pratt stole checks from the man and used one to purchase $859 worth of stereo equipment at the Walmart in York. He was also recorded later, returning equipment and getting cash back.
“He had no authorization to take or pass that check,” Dick told the court. “He also signed the owner's name to the check, but then he provided his own driver's license as identification.”
Regarding the felony failure to appear, Pratt was ordered to appear for his jury trial in August but was a no-show. He was later found in Kansas, arrested and brought back to York County.
“He's spent 120 days in jail,” Pratt's attorney, York County Public Defender Nancy Waldron told Judge Patrick Mullen.
“He's never been on probation as an adult and has never been convicted of a violent crime. He was taking classes to be a drug and alcohol counselor – and upon release from jail he plans to look for a job. He admits he has a drug problem and needs help. The only area (in the pre-sentence investigation) that indicates he is of high risk is with drugs. He wants to pay the victim back in full. He feels bad for what he did. He wants to be placed on probation and he understands he has a serious drug problem.”
“He has had several terms of probation revoked,” Dick told Judge Mullen.
“I oversaw a case in juvenile court, regarding him, where we had to close the case because he wasn't willing to participate and make progress. I also propose there are several inconsistencies in his statements to the probation officer (in the pre-sentence investigation) – he admitted to using lots of methamphetamine while he was in Kansas, but he also says he was working for an elderly man here in York during that same time.
Both statements can't be true. He also lied in court about going to treatment in Kansas – he didn't. He has trouble with the truth and he would be difficult to follow on probation. I also note that he left for Kansas, was arrested and brought back here involuntarily. And he's made no attempt to pay the victim back.”
“I would like to see what you have to say, about your life and what's gone on here,” Judge Mullen said to Pratt.
Pratt responded that he had nothing to say.
“It looks a little like you've given up,” Judge Mullen responded.
“That's why I wondered what you had to say. It appears you are very addicted to drugs – methamphetamine in particular. The state's statements are compelling – I don't know what additional time will do for you but there's not much choice due to your lack of effort to change.”
Pratt's sentence on each count was 15-45 months, but they will be served concurrently with each other. He was given credit for 120 days already served.