You did not mention the State in which this occurred.
Your question of whether the sentence
can be negotiated to avoid jail time cannot readily be Answered in this forum. It would depend on whether or not you have any priors, what type they were - misdemeanors, felonies, etc., how many priors there were, what your prior record score was, and what the Sentencing Guidelines state for these thefts and also if the victim is in agreement with the proposed sentence. In addition, the fact that you took a UPS envelope addressed to the manager and it was being shipped from Pennsylvania to New York.
There are too many variable which are unknown and I would be doing you an injustice, if I answered without knowing any of the above information, so I am going to respectfully ***** ***** of your question,
and allow other experts the opportunity to assist you,
Thank you for bringing your questions to JustAnswer,