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Sarasota man sentenced to 1-year probation

An unruly bar patron was sentenced to 12 months of probation and five days in a Manatee County work program for failing to pay his bar tab and fighting with Bradenton Beach police.

Bret Hoffman, 34, of Sarasota, pleaded no contest Sept. 3 to fraud of an innkeeper and resisting arrest.

Twelfth Circuit Judge Robert Farrance ordered the probation and work program, credit for time served and 50 hours of public service with a buy-out option.

Hoffman’s sentence stems from his May 27 arrest at the Sports Lounge, 118 Bridge St., where he failed to pay his bill and became combative with a Bradenton Beach police officer.

Hoffman was assessed $1,226.25, including an $88.50 restitution to the Sports Lounge.

Probation, fines follow golf cart arrest

A golf cart driver who lied after Holmes Beach police stopped him for traffic violations was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined more than $3,800.

Richard J. Burnes Jr. of Holmes Beach was arrested in July for DUI, giving false identification to a police officer, knowingly driving on a suspended license and unlawfully possessing another person’s identification.

Burnes pleaded no contest to the charges Aug. 12.

Judge Mark D. Singer adjudicated him guilty on all counts and sentenced him to probation for the DUI and credit for time served on the other charges.

The judge ordered Burnes to complete a DUI course, a victim-impact panel and 50 hours of public service and suspended his driver’s license for six months.

Singer also assessed Burnes more than $3,800 in court costs and fines, which, except for $605, were paid as of Oct. 3, according to court records.

Court transfers DUI case to veterans court

The 12th Circuit Court has one less case on its docket after transferring a case to a veterans court.

Richard Shane Burnett, 50, of Lakeland, was arrested May 27 after a Bradenton Beach police officer observed him speeding, almost striking pedestrians in the roundabout at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive.

Burnett was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, refusing to submit to a DUI test and violating a driver’s license curfew.

Judge Renee Inman transferred Burnett’s case Sept. 10 to the Polk County Veterans Treatment Court.

Veterans courts in Florida address treatment needs unique to the military with court personnel who partner with the state Veterans Health Administration and other veterans support groups, according to a website of the Office of the State Court Administrator.