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W’bago burglar cases coming to a close

By Staff | Jul 28, 2013

The Winnebago burglary cases are slowly coming to an end in court.

On Monday, July 22, Cody Diaz was sentenced with a total of five felonies and one gross misdemeanor.

Three counts were felony theft, two were 3rd-degree burglary and the misdemeanor was for a DWI.

Diaz took part in several burglaries throughout Faribault County. He and others took thousands of dollars worth of wiring and tools from local electric companies.

As part of his sentences, Diaz is to pay restitution to the companies from which he stole items. The fines, fees and restitution that Diaz owes totals approximately $33,000.

Along with the restitution and fees, Diaz will also have to serve six months in jail with a credit of four days already served. He will also need to enter into the Drug Court program. A total of 136 hours of Sentence to Service needs to be completed by Jan. 18, 2014.

On Wednesday, July 24, co-defendant Ashley Nylene Nichols, 21, appeared in Faribault County District Court for sentencing.

She pled guilty to 3rd-degree burglary.

“I’m sorry for what I?did,” said Nichols before the sentencing commenced. “I’ve learned my lesson.”

She is to serve 30 days in the county jail with two days’ credit for jail time served. Instead of going directly to the jail, Nichols has the option of an electronic home monitoring system at her own expense. If it is not set up by Friday, Aug. 30, she will need to report to the jail that evening to serve her time there.

Other conditions of Nichols’ sentence include writing an apology letter to the victim of the burglary; serving 40 hours of Sentence to Service; having no misdemeanor or greater violation; complete a substance awareness program; drink no alcohol or take any mood altering drugs not prescribed by a licensed physician; complete a cognitive skills assessment; have no contact with the electric company or any of its employees; and pay restitution to the electric company in the amount of $1,000 and $22,753.53 to go to the insurance company.

In relation to these burglaries, the other co-defendants have been sentenced.

Anthony Diaz, Sr., was found guilty for 5th-degree possession of drugs and was convicted of that crime in April of this year.

Anthony Diaz, Jr., was convicted of 2nd-degree DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He is currently serving out a sentence of 365 days in the county jail.

Tessa Anderson was convicted of two misdemeanors. One was for child endangerment and the other was for fleeing a peace officer.

Chase Sheppard James had a warrant out for his arrest after not appearing for one of his hearings. He is currently in custody.