WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man will spend 90 days in jail for burglarizing a home and stealing a car in June.
Julio C. Ornelas-Yacuta, 23, was convicted Tuesday of felony second-degree burglary. He was sentenced to more than two years in prison.
The commitment was stayed pending successful discharge of his probationary period of not to exceed four years. He was also fined $1,000, which may be satisfied by community work service.
Ornelas-Yacuta was charged with three offenses after being discovered in a vehicle that was reported stolen by its owner during a June traffic stop in Worthington. The victim reported that the keys to her vehicle were in a locked bedroom in her home.
Prior to being sentenced, Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore noted Ornelas-Yactua's apparent noncooperation with the pre-sentence investigation process, as reported by a Rock, Nobles Community Corrections agent. Moore told Ornelas-Yacuta that he wasn't impressed with his inability to comply with basic conditions.
"Running and hiding from your problems aren't going to make them go away," he said.
Moore denied the defense's request to grant Ornelas-Yactua a staggered sentence, which bore the possibility of having 60 days of the 90-day sentence waived. He also denied allowing Ornelas-Yactua to enter a treatment program instead of serving jail time, adding that the Nobles County Jail has treatment opportunities he can take advantage of while he's incarcerated.