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One of two brothers suspected in a series of Spokane County burglaries has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
Donald G. Myhren, 30, pleaded guilty to residential burglary for a break-in last year and was sentenced this week to 108 months. He still faces additional robbery and burglary charges for break-ins at home this spring, along with his brother, Dustin J. Myhren, 26.
The men were out of jail awaiting trial for last year's case when detectives arrested them for the new burglaries in April. Investigators reviewing burglary reports noticed that the description of suspects in a series of Spokane County burglaries matched the brothers, and that a suspect vehicle was registered at their address.
They've both been jailed on $250,000 bond ever since and are scheduled to begin trial July 16 for the latest burglaries, some of which included the theft of sports cards.
Donald Myhren resolved last year's case Monday in Spokane County Superior Court; Dustin's still is pending.
Jodie Sinclair, whose home was burglarized by the brothers last year said she walked into her home to find one of the brothers running through her living room. The home was ransacked. Her husband chased after the man and his brother "and they in turned pulled a gun to get him to back off," Sinclair said in an email.
The brothers are accused of again confronting a homeowner at a gunpoint just months ago.
Sinclair said she was disappointed in the sentence and said she hopes the pending robbery and burglary charges will put Myhren away for much longer.
"The material items he took that day can be replaced for the most part," she said. "But what he stole from us is our sense of security and ability to feel comfortable in our own home."
Sports cards were recovered during a recent investigation into a burglary ring, and detectives are looking for their owners.
Detectives believe the cards were stolen in the last six months during residential burglaries in Spokane County.
Suspects Dustin J. Myhren, 26, and Donald G. Myhren, 30, were arrested Saturday after a detective reviewing burglary reports noticed that the description of suspects in a series of burglaries matched the brothers, and that a suspect vehicle was registered at their address, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Burglary victims missing sports cards are asked to call the sheriff's Investigative Task Force at (509) 477-4778.
Two brothers already facing trial for a burglary last year are suspected of a series of burglaries in Spokane and Stevens counties.
Dustin J. Myhren, 26, and Donald G. Myhren, 30, were arrested Saturday after a detective reviewing burglary reports noticed that the description of suspects in a series of Spokane County burglaries matched the brothers, and that a suspect vehicle was registered at their address, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives began following the brothers and noted as they drove slowly through residential neighborhoods and even knocked on a door to see if anyone was home.
The brothers are believed to have burglarized a home on 51st Street of about $15,000 in jewelry March 26.
Detectives tried to contact them during a traffic stop Saturday near North Perry Street and Half Moon Road. The men fled on foot but were quickly arrested. Katrina Soto, 24, also was arrested.
Detectives say Donald Myhren admitted to being part of a burglary ring with his brother involving seven or eight people.
He also knew of another burglary March 26 in which a homeowner was threatened with a gun, according to the sheriff's office.
In addition to the brothers' upcoming burglary trial, Dustin Myhren also is facing a felony drug charge for an arrest in February. He also was just sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to a drug felony in Superior Court.