A mix of disappointment and shock was evident as a Bullhead City man reacted to the prison sentence he received for stealing lottery tickets from the convenience store where he was formerly employed. Robert Bernardino politely asked that he be placed on probation so that he could be a better son and care for his ailing parents.
The 43-year-old was overcome with anguish when Judge Billy Sipe imposed a five year prison term during his July 19 sentencing hearing in Kingman.
Prosecutor Bob Moon argued prison rather than probation was appropriate because Bernardino was already on probation when he pocketed almost $1,900 worth of lottery tickets from the store. Moon said Bernardino took his criminal activity a further step by cashing almost $1,400 from winning tickets that he stole.
Bernardino was convicted of fraud through a plea agreement.