Former Marine pleads no contest in Clovis fraud case

Former Marine pleads no contest in Clovis fraud case

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A former Marine has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to fraud and property damage charges.

Daryn Merrill, 26, of Clovis, New Mexico, was charged with 17 counts of theft of identity and four counts of criminal damage to property of $1000.

Merrill's sentence was enhanced because he was found to be a habitual offender stemming from a larceny charge in February 2016.

In September of 2016, Merrill used stolen credit cards, damaged four ATM machines, damaged storage units and a payment drop box.

During the sentencing, Judge Chandler added: "The one thing I am afraid of is if you can't come back to society as a Marine, how are you going to come back as a prisoner? As a Marine you come out and people hold the door for you. As a prisoner, people don't want to be near you. You will have plenty of opportunities to prove yourself, and you will have to make that choice, probably daily."

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