A University Place contractor accused of taking money for home repair work he didn’t finish was sentenced Monday to 40 days of jail time and community service.
Last month, Brian K. Olson entered a modified guilty plea to two counts of first-degree theft. Under the plea, he maintained his innocence but acknowledged he’d likely be convicted during at trial.
“I do not wish to take that risk,” Olson wrote in court documents.
Olson’s contracting business failed in 2008, and he filed for bankruptcy. Several homeowners said he left jobs unfinished and yards a mess.
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The homeowners brought their allegations to Pierce County prosecutors, who charged Olson with four counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft last November.
Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Martin sentenced Olson to 60 days in jail during a hearing Monday. She converted another 30 days of jail time to 10 days of community service, deputy prosecutor April McComb said.
Olson, who is recovering from foot surgery, was ordered to begin his sentence Jan. 12. A restitution hearing also has been set for Jan. 12.