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Bomb charge dropped but Beals gets half year
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A thief who unwittingly stole cargo that could have blown him up had bomb charges dismissed but still must serve a half-year in jail for stealing.The man, Emmet Beals, 23, entered guilty pleas to four counts of theft and was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 180 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence on the misdemeanor charges. He will also be required to perform 30 hours public service work. A man who was with Beals during one of the thefts, Bradley James Pease, also had the explosives charge dropped but was given 120 days on the theft count.