Friday, April 16, 2010

Man Gets 10 Years Prison In Naples Park Burglary

A man convicted of breaking into a former roommate’s apartment and stealing DVDs in Naples Park in 2009 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Collier County Circuit Judge Fred Hardt sentenced Ryan Stephen Slade, 28, to prison to be followed by 15 years of state probation at a hearing in circuit court Thursday.

On Feb. 17, Slade pleaded no contest to felony charges of dwelling burglary and grand theft in connection with the March 24, 2009, break-in. At Thursday’s hearing, Judge Hardt adjudicated Slade guilty and sentenced him as a habitual felony offender to 10 years in prison on the burglary charge and five years in prison on the grand theft charge. The judge ordered the sentences to be served at the same time and to run consecutive with any other state prison sentence Slade is already serving.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports said Slade broke into an apartment in the 700 block of 101st Avenue North and stole 35 DVDs. The victim came home and spotted Slade leaving the area on foot. The victim knew Slade because they had lived together at the apartment six months earlier.

Slade returned the stolen DVDs to the victim and ran away. After a brief search, deputies located him on 94th Avenue North and arrested him, reports said.

Slade was on supervised state probation at the time of his arrest. On Jan. 20, he was convicted of violating his probation in connection with the Naples Park burglary and sentenced to 34 months in state prison.

Slade is a documented career criminal with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. His prior felony convictions include charges of driving on a suspended or revoked license/third or subsequent offense in 2008, structure burglary and grand theft in 2007 and battery on a law enforcement officer in 2001.