A Michigan State University football player has been sentenced to up to one year probation, charged with receiving and concealing stolen property in connection with the theft of laptop computers from several Detroit Public Schools.

Dion Sims, who pleaded guilty in September, was sentenced Monday before Judge Kevin Robbins.

The 19-year-old sophomore from Detroit was one of 10 men charged following an investigation into the theft of 104 laptops valued at $158,000 from several Detroit schools. Sims was charged with handling between $1,000 and $10,000 worth of stolen goods.

As conditions of his probation, Sims must perfoem 15 hours community service for Detroit Public Schools, he must stay in school, and pay court costs as well as restitution — the amount yet to be determined.

Michigan State, back in September, suspended Sims indefinitely from games and team-related activities.

Also sentenced Monday in this case was Christopher Schambre. He receieved up to 1 year probation, including 20 hours community service. He must also pay court costs along with $4500 in restitutuon and must find employment.

Last December, 30 Apple MacBook laptops were taken during a break-in at a Detroit elementary school. Over the next month, 74 more laptops – Dells and MacBooks – were taken from three other schools.

They eventually were sold to friends and acquaintances of the suspects, and on eBay and Craigslist.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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