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Serial burglar Freeman off to prison

By Walter Geiger A local man charged with a string of local burglaries and thefts back in June, 2016 was sent to prison by Judge Bill Fears Nov. 28. Frederick L. Freeman, a twice convicted felon, entered guilty pleas to eight counts burglary, two counts theft by taking and one count of criminal trespass. Freeman stole two bicycles from local residences and food from an outdoor refrigerator belonging to Martha Mansour. He burglarized the recreation complex twice, Horton’s Rendezvous twice, two local homes, a storage shed and the VFW Club. Judge Bill Fears sentenced Freeman to nine years in prison and 11 years on probation. Freeman also has a search and specimen clause, is banned from the Towaliga Judicial Circuit and must pay $7395 in restitution to Ronald Horton. When Judge Fears asked Freeman if he understood the restitution requirement, he responded, ‘I understand it but there ain’t no way I’ll ever be able to pay it.’ Moments later, Freeman asked Judge Fears if he could waive the restitution. ‘I can but I won’t,’ the judge replied tersely. A the end of his day in court, Freeman was put on notice that this was his third felony conviction. His next one will make him a recidivist and make him ineligible for future early release on parole or probation.

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