A man who stole a hand-held video game system and accessories from the casket of a Clymer teen who was killed in a Christmas Day crash is going to jail – but not for that crime.
Jody Bennett, 37, of Mentcle, received two years' probation after pleading guilty to institutional vandalism and theft on Thursday. But he was also sentenced by an Indiana County judge to 30 days to six months in jail for unrelated drunken driving and drug possession charges.
Bennett said he feels "horrible for what I did and I apologize."
Police said Bennett grabbed a Game Boy, Game Boy Light and three games from the casket of Bradley McCombs, 17, during a viewing at a funeral home. Police recovered the items, which had sentimental value to the boy's family.
McCombs died when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle along Route 553 in Cherryhill Township, police said.
"They confronted him. They were about to get the Game Boy back but not the games, so they subsequently called police," said Sgt. Michael Schmidt.
The coroner’s office said McCombs left his house to pick up a relative for a holiday gathering when he sheared a utility pole, causing the SUV to flip on the snow-covered road.