Two of the men charged in a Christmas Eve burglary in Petersburg have pleaded guilty to the charges and one has been sentenced to nearly two years in jail.
37-year-old Neil Ray Hacker was convicted on three counts after entering guilty pleas as part of a plea agreement. Nine other counts against him were dismissed. He pleaded guilty to burglary in the second degree, theft in the second degree and vehicle theft.
Hacker was sentenced to one day short of two years on each of the three counts. He is to serve those sentences at the same time for a total sentence of just under two years in jail. He was sentenced May 23rd before Judge William Carey.
Hacker along with 27-year-old Taylor Homer and 21-year-old Anthony Sainz were charged after a break-in at a warehouse at 215 Hungerford Hill, about two miles south of downtown Petersburg, on December 24th of 2015. The three were accused of stealing a pickup truck, vehicle parts, tools and nine guns.
Meanwhile, Homer has pleaded guilty to burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree but has not yet been sentenced. That’s scheduled for June 28th.
And the third man, Sainz, has been released on bail. He still faces the burglary and theft charges and could have a trial on those charges in August.
(Editor’s note: This story has been corrected: The sentence for 37-year-old Neil Ray Hacker was for just under two years for each of the three charges. However, he is to serve those sentences at the same time, so the total jail sentence for the combined three charges is just under two years, not just under six years as we previously reported. KFSK regrets the error.)