A real-life Grinch was sentenced this week to 18 months in jail for his role in stealing a boy’s Christmas gifts from the front porch of a Jamaica Plain home last Christmas Eve, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said. Ernest Polite, 40, of Hyde Park, was sentenced after being convicted by a jury Tuesday on charges of trespassing and receiving stolen property. He was on probation for a drug trafficking case in Maine and was convicted on drug distribution charges in Dorchester in 2006.
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