Man who stole pastor’s pills sentenced for burglary, drug possession

2014-08-08T14:00:00Z 2014-08-09T19:30:29Z Man who stole pastor’s pills sentenced for burglary, drug possessionBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man who stole prescription pills from his pastor’s home last year received a three-year deferred sentence Friday for burglary and drug possession.

District Judge Ingrid Gustafson issued the sentence to Adam Daniel Renshaw, who previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Renshaw’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Erik Moore, said his client has completed more than 300 hours of community service and has gone through eight months of addiction treatment.

The judge allowed Renshaw to have contact with the victim in the case, a pastor, who Moore said has mentored and supported Renshaw since the burglary.

In November, two deputies with the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary report in the 2100 block of South 48th Street West, according to court documents.

The deputies spoke with a pastor, who said he had set up a motion-activated camera because he thought that someone had recently broken into his home and stolen some of his pain medication, court records say.

The pastor told the deputies that after getting home from preaching on a Sunday morning, he reviewed the video and saw Renshaw steal some of his prescription hydrocodone.

Renshaw turned himself in after being confronted by the pastor, court records say.

Gustafson told Renshaw that he if he wants to beat his addition, he needs to build on what he’s learned in treatment and to pursue self-help meetings.

“I hope that you’re able to do that,” the judge said.

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