Judge Gives Twin Sentences For Twin Teens

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After pleading guilty to theft charges, twins James and Devin Gabel, 18, received identical sentences Monday.

The Gabels will serve two years of intensive, supervised probation, pay $125 restitution to the victim and pay court and probation fees, said Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill.

According to their lawyers, on Aug. 20, 2010, the Gabels found a key to a Gisela home. They broke into the home, found several guns inside and took them.

A pre-sentencing report detailed the Gabels as a “blight” on the community, said a probation officer.

James’ attorney Michael Bernays said he disagreed with that conclusion, especially since his client had only been convicted for one other incident three years prior and he had successfully completed probation.

Bernays said James wants to do well on probation and plans to finish high school.

Devin’s attorney Ronald Debrigida Jr. said his client has had a taste of what could lie ahead if he continues to get in trouble.

The Gabels served 57 days in a Pinal County jail after they missed a court hearing.

They were eventually released on bond, according to court records.

The boys initially pleaded not guilty to the charges of theft and second-degree burglary. In May, the teens pleaded guilty.

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