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Man gets prison time for 2016 burglary

FREEMAN—A Mitchell man was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison Monday for stealing from a business in Hutchinson County in 2016.

Steven Jordan, 29, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. In addition to his prison time, he was ordered to pay $104 in court costs and $4,244 in restitution.

The incident for which Jordan was convicted occurred on June 21, 2016. On that date, he stole an iPad and two other tablets, two candy bars and a Gatorade from Hefty Seed Company in Freeman.

Earlier this year, Jordan told investigators what happened. According to a probable cause affidavit written by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Jordan originally denied breaking in because he was almost done with parole and didn't want to go back to prison.

Jordan said he had cut the fence at Hefty Seed Company and then broke into the building using a pry bar. He spray-painted the windows black when he got inside so that no one driving by would see if the lights were on.

Jordan said he took some tools and then waited for a truck to drive by so he could break a window in the office building without being heard. He then reached inside and cranked the window open. Jordan admitted to taking the tablets from the office building and that he had then exchanged the stolen items with someone he knew for either money or drugs.

In addition to third-degree burglary, Jordan was originally charged with grand theft of more than $1,000 and less than or equal to $2,500. This charge was dismissed when he pleaded guilty to the burglary.