Sirens & Gavels

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010, 5:23 P.M.

Rare rifle helps catch Boundary Co. burglar

A 21-year-old North Idaho man will spend at least two years in prison for ransacking a Boundary County vacation home last fall.

Cory S. Eccles, of Eastport, threw a 5-pound rock through the window of a vacant cabin on Deep Creek Loop in November and took several items.

Police traced the burglary to Eccles after he attempted to sell a rare Winchester rifle stolen from the home.

After rejecting a plea deal, Eccles changed his mind and pleaded guilty to burglary April 26, just before his trial was to begin in Boundary County District Court.

Judge Benjamin Simpson sentenced Eccles to two to five years in prison for burglary, theft and unlawful possession of a firearm. A charge of malicious injury to property was dismissed.

Prosecutor Jack Douglas said Eccles, whose criminal history dates back to 2005, was disciplined in jail after his arrest for trying to make alcohol from fruit juice.




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