ITHACA, N.Y. – A man who is convicted of stealing computers from Cornell University in February was sentenced Friday afternoon.

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Justin M. Dickerson-Bozeman, 20, of Ithaca, was sentenced to 75 days in jail and five years of probation after he, 22-year-old Jamal Ruff-Pringle and a 16-year-old stole two computers and a Bose stereo system from a residence hall. The equipment was worth nearly $4,000.

Dickerson-Bozeman was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny.

Attorney Gary Surdell recommended that Dickerson-Bozeman be sentenced to 9o days in jail and five years of probation.

Defense lawyer Matt Van Houten asked the court to reduce the jail time to 75 days because he said his client has completed substance abuse treatment, has been accepted to The State University of New York in Buffalo, and completed two semesters at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Judge John Rowley said he’d agree to give Dickerson-Bozeman the chance to clean up his life by attending college.

“This is a great opportunity. This is a true turning point,” Judge John Rowley said.

But he warned Dickerson-Bozeman that he would be sent to prison if he doesn’t comply with felony probation requirements.

“If you go to prison, you’ll be changed,” Rowley said.

“I’d like to turn my life around,” Dickerson-Bozeman said. “I’m very, very sorry for what I did to the victims.”

He was taken into custody at the Tompkins County Courthouse to begin serving his sentence

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