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February 27, 2014
Tooele man facing jail time for home burglary

Thomas Coleman Jr.

Thomas Coleman Jr.

A Tooele man who robbed a friend’s house will serve jail time and probation for the last November incident.

Thomas Darnell Coleman, 20, was sentenced Tuesday in 3rd District Court to two counts of one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison, but those were both suspended. Coleman will serve three years of probation after being released from a sentence of 180 days in jail, for which he was given 89 days of credit for time already served.

Coleman and a friend, Scott Hammond, 19, entered a home near 1100 West and Utah Avenue wearing masks and armed with shotguns. Allegedly joined by a third intruder, who has not been arrested, one of the three hit the homeowner in the face and kept her and her sons at bay in the living room while the other two went to the woman’s bedroom and took a safe.

The woman told police the safe held $1,000 cashed from a check she had gotten from work.

One of the young men living in the home told police he recognized the voices of two of the men as belonging to Coleman and Hammond, with whom he was friends. The two had been over at the home earlier in the day and knew where the safe was, the man told officers.

Hammond pleaded guilty in December to second-degree felony charges of burglary and robbery, both reductions of the first-degree versions of those crimes, and two other charges, one for third-degree felony aggravated assault and the other for class A misdemeanor theft, which were dismissed. Hammond was sentenced earlier this month to the same sentence as Coleman, but his credit for time served in jail was only 69 days.

Coleman’s plea in January was for the same reduced and dismissed charges.

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