Apr 4, 2014 11:29 AM by Dennis Carlson
HELENA -- Shawn Corbett, the Helena boat-repair shop owner accused of stealing from his clients, was sentenced on Thursday to the Montana Department of Corrections.
Corbett, facing seven felonies, cut a plea deal with prosecutors and plead guilty to a single felony charge of deceptive practices in Judge Kathy Seeley's court.
Corbett is accused of taking cash from his Maximum Marine customers for boat repairs and failing - in some cases for years - to perform the work he said he'd do.
Four of Corbett's former customers spoke to the court, calling Corbett a thief and a con-man.
One witness said Corbett needs to wear an orange prison jump-suit.
Telling Corbett that he's done damage to many people, Judge Seeley gave Corbett a 10-year sentence with the Department of Corrections, with all but one year suspended.
He was also ordered to pay $33,000 in restitution and required to perform 500 hours community service.
Corbett was taken into custody following the hearing.