A 17-year-old juvenile was sentenced to more than three years in a state correctional institution during Warren County sentence court proceedings Friday morning.
Austin John Donato was sentenced on six counts related to his escape from a juvenile corrections facility and subsequent thefts.
"You have been in our juvenile system since you were 10 or 11," Judge Gregory Hammond told Donato. "You had every opportunity to rehabilitate."
After escaping from the juvenile facility, according to court documents read by Hammond, Donato stole seven cars, burglarized four camps and three homes and broke into two concession stands before being apprehended.
He faced sentencing on counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of burglary, two counts of theft by unlawful taking and a count of receiving stolen property stemming from four separate incidents following the escape.
"This is a four-county crime spree," Hammond said prior to sentencing Donato. "Your going to get your wish to go to a state institution, which was going to happen anyway."
Donato was sentenced to consecutive terms totaling 38 to 76 months in a state correctional institution with credit for time served since his arrest; $7,638.24 in fines, costs and restitution; to undergo DNA testing and to have no contact with his victims.