The man who stole three Rolex watches from a high-end retailer in 2017 has taken a plea deal with the government.
Vince Mikel Benito signed a deal with the government pleading guilty to retail theft as a second-degree felony.
As part of the plea agreement, the remaining charges, which include possession of a schedule two controlled substance and possession of a scheduled four controlled substance, have been dismissed.
Benito now faces up to five years in prison, with the court noting that this is his first felony offense. No fines were imposed on Benito as restitution in the case exceeds $10,000.
Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola asked the parties to confirm if the retailer had insurance on the watches.
Benito’s attorney said that two of the three watches were returned.
As part of the deal, Benito will be placed on three years parole. Benito has already served six months on pre-trial detainment which could be applied to credit for time served upon his sentencing.
A sentencing hearing has been set for Feb. 18.