CLINTON — A Clinton man has been sentenced in connection with a purse snatching earlier this year.

Joshua J. Simpson, 24, 243 First Ave., was ordered last week to serve up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree theft and up to one year in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of assault causing bodily injury. He also was fined a total of $1,315 and given credit for the 104 days he already has spent in custody.

The prison sentences and fines were suspended and he was placed on two years of probation. The conditions of probation include residing at the Residential Corrections Facility in Davenport, paying his financial obligations, completing substance abuse counseling and treatment and submitting to random to testing, and obtaining his general education diploma.

The sentences were given in connection with a Jan. 31 incident in which Simpson accused of taking a women’s purse in the 1800 block of Pershing Boulevard and running north.

According to court documents, two witnesses, Bryce and Brynt Van Drew, who saw the suspect striking a female on the ground, chased Simpson and apprehended him in the 2000 block of Roosevelt Street. They called police and waited with Simpson for police to arrive. He originally was charged with second-degree robbery.

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