SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man who stole a cooler filled with fish and beer from a back yard was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.
Hai Nguyen, 47, pleaded guilty in Woodbury County District Court to third-degree burglary. As part of a plea agreement, charges of third-degree arson and reckless use of fire or explosives were dismissed.
District Judge Steven Andreasen sentenced Nguyen to five years in prison for the burglary charge and revoked his probation and imposed the five-year prison sentence from a January conviction for an unrelated burglary.
In the recent case, Nguyen entered an open patio at a house in the 1500 block of Virginia Street in the early morning hours of July 4 and took a cooler containing fish and beer while a man and his son were sleeping inside the home. Nguyen was accused of burning the wire of a surveillance camera to disable it.