J.P. didn’t do well in school. He worked as a general contractor in the home remodeling business in Houston. He received advance payments from the victims on remodeling and construction contracts. J.P. either completely failed to do the contracted work or performed below acceptable standards under the contracts. In December of 1994, J.P. declared bankruptcy and alleged the money he owed on the contracts was discharged in that proceeding.
In March of 1995, however, the State indicted J.P. for theft of funds he received in payment on some of the contracts.
The trial court convicted J.P. of theft, sentencing him to ten years confinement.
That's a big either. What are the acceptable standards? Can't he just fix it? Is prison the best option?