A documented career criminal was sentenced to five years in prison with no possibility of earning gain time Monday.
Craig Marshall Daniels Jr., 31, 1145 Chokoloskee Drive E., was sentenced by Circuit Judge Frederick R. Hardt after entering a plea of no contest to resisting arrest with violence, grand theft, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, resisting a merchant and battery in connection with a March 24 incident at Beall’s, 3701 East U.S. 41.
Reports say Daniels and an accomplice stole $1,287 worth of merchandise from the store and ran out with armloads of clothes. The store’s loss prevention officer caught up with Daniels. At that point Daniels threw the merchandise on the ground and then hit him. As deputies arrived he resisted arrest and punched one of them.
Daniels was most recently released from prison on Oct. 17, 2007, after completing a four-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance. In 2001 he was placed on state probation for possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon. In 2003 he violated his probation and received a 15-month prison sentence. And in 1999 Daniels was given state probation for unarmed robbery.