Break-in defendant sentenced to three years

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A Craig man behind the burglary of a local business in September was sentenced Tuesday to spend the next three years in prison.

In October, Adam Koester, 20, pleaded guilty to theft between $500 to $15,000 and second-degree burglary, both felonies. A sentencing hearing in December was delayed and rescheduled for Tuesday in 14th Judicial District Court.

Prosecutor Russell Wasley requested the three-year sentence. Koester's public defender, Sheryl Uhlmann requested probation.

Judge Michael O'Hara sided with the prosecution and sentenced Koester to serve two three-year sentences at a facility to be chosen by the Department of Corrections. The sentences will run concurrently.

Koester has no prior felony convictions.

The charges against Koester stemmed from a break-in at Cashway Distributors, Fourth and Ranney, in September. Police said Koester, then 19, and a 15-year-old juvenile, caused $800 worth of damage to the store and stole five handguns.

After the break-in was reported, a Craig Police Department officer spotted the two suspects walking near railroad tracks about two blocks west of the business.

The suspects were found with handguns taken from the store and a machete knife used to break into the store and display cases, police said.

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