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Mitchell man gets five years for vehicle, firearm thefts

A man who stole a vehicle and firearms in Mitchell was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Andrew Kiner, 18, of Mitchell, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, five suspended, for second-degree burglary, three years in prison for third-degr...

The Davison County Public Safety Center serves as the home for county lockup. (Matt Gade/Republic)
The Davison County Public Safety Center serves as the home for county lockup. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A man who stole a vehicle and firearms in Mitchell was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

Andrew Kiner, 18, of Mitchell, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, five suspended, for second-degree burglary, three years in prison for third-degree burglary and two years in prison for each of two counts of grand theft.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrent, or at the same time, and Kiner was given credit for 128 days served.

Kiner was originally indicted for 19 charges related to the theft of two vehicles, firearms, cash and other items on three dates in November.

"I've made some pretty poor decisions and caused the people of Davison County a lot of grief," Kiner said, adding he intends to turn his life around and become an electrician.

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On Feb. 7, Kiner pleaded guilty to taking two firearms, valued between $1,000 and $2,500, taking a vehicle from a shed and taking $120 and marijuana pipes from a Lawler Street apartment. The other charges were dismissed.

Kiner's attorney, Theresa Maule Rossow, asked Robert Erickson, one of the victims of the thefts, to testify. Erickson said his vehicle was returned undamaged and believed Kiner's 128 days in jail taught him his lesson.

"He's too young to be in prison for one thing, and I think he's learned a lesson," Erickson said.

Still, Judge Tim Bjorkman said Kiner may need some time in prison to ensure all controlled substances were out of his body and to give him a controlled environment where he can earn his GED.

Bjorkman also discussed Kiner's history with theft, which began before he started using drugs because he liked "the rush."

"That's something quite apart from even stealing to satisfy a drug habit, although I'm sure that was intertwined in at least some of these events," Bjorkman said.

Kiner is estimated to be first eligible for parole in November 2018.

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