State Prison for Convicted Thief who Blamed Gambling Addiction for Spree

A convicted thief will serve up to four years in prison – and 11 years under supervision – for stealing from numerous vehicles last year in three Lancaster County municipalities.

Jesse Forry, 40, pleaded guilty to counts of theft from a motor vehicle and access device fraud, and a count of felony burglary, regarding the spree in April and May 2019.

At sentencing Wednesday, Forry blamed a gambling addiction for the spree, bringing a counselor to court to speak about the addiction.

Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely sentenced Forry to 1½ to 4 years in prison, followed by seven years of probation. Judge Knisely noted Forry’s extensive criminal history.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman countered Forry’s request for a “second chance,” saying it would be more like an “eighth chance,” considering Forry’s number of prior convictions.

Forry, of Marietta, stole cash, credit/debit cards, and other items from at least 10 vehicles in East Donegal Township, Mount Joy Borough and Mount Joy Township.

Forry used the stolen cards for thousands of dollars in lottery tickets, PayPal account deposits, gas, and numerous items from Wal-Mart.

Regarding the burglary, Forry entered the garage of a home on Janet Drive in East Donegal Township.

Mount Joy, Northwest Regional, and Susquehanna Regional police filed charges.

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