Lawyer sentenced in misdemeanor theft

URBANA — A longtime Urbana lawyer was sentenced to 12 months court supervision Friday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor retail theft.

Marvin Gerstein, 74, admitted to trying to steal food and newspapers in January from the Schnucks at 200 N. Vine St. in Urbana.

While he pleaded guilty to the single count of misdemeanor retail theft, he'll have no record of conviction if he successfully completes his court supervision. Gerstein also will have to pay $777 in court costs, fines and restitution.

Gerstein appeared with his attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign, before Judge Richard Klaus on Friday morning. Gerstein has been practicing law for 49 years and plans to continue working, Lipton said. He has lived in Urbana since 1975.

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bkp wrote on April 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

This was an elderly man who was clearly confused and likely forgot to pay. Of course Schmucks actually prosecutes him!

Then like so many accused, he takes a plea bargain because it is easier.

This situation alone shows clearly a few of the things wrong in our modern world.

Roanrider wrote on April 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

"Clearly confused and likely forgot to pay"...and yet he plans to continue working. How comforting for his clients. Sorry, not buying this one.

SaintClarence27 wrote on April 18, 2014 at 8:04 am

Seriously. There is no evidence that he was "confused" from the article, so unless the OP has some inside information from another source, I'm not buying.

Dogchakra wrote on April 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Schnucks very rarely prosecutes, they usually just ban people. This was not a one time thing, Marvin was at it for weeks.