FARMINGTON — A Franklin County justice sentenced a local man Tuesday to serve four months of an 18-month prison sentence for stealing $1,990 in items from lockers at a fitness center.

Ryan Brann, 32, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by unauthorized taking in Franklin County Superior Court.

University of Maine at Farmington police Chief Ted Blais arrested Brann in December after several people reported personal items, including wallets and cash, were stolen from their lockers at the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson said if the matter had gone to trial, Blais would have testified that Brann was seen on security video entering and leaving the center at various times Dec. 12 through Dec. 14.

A search warrant was executed at an Oakes Street apartment on Dec. 15 and some items that had been reported stolen were located inside. Testimony would also show that Brann was caught on security tape at a local convenience store trying to get cash on a credit card that was stolen from a locker.

Robinson also said that Brann had two prior misdemeanor theft convictions within the last 10 years, on of them in 2010.

The plea agreement dismissed a felony burglary charge in the case.

Robinson said the agreement is for a sentence of 18 months to the Department of Corrections with all but four months suspended and two years probation. He also asked the court to order Brann to pay $1,990 in restitution.

He also requested a clear order that Brann not return to the fitness center while on probation.

Justice Michaela Murphy accepted the guilty plea and the sentence agreement.

Brann has been held since his December arrest, so he is credited for the past two months and will serve two more.

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