An Augusta man will serve four and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary charges in a case in which a girl hiding in her room provided a descripton that led to his arrest.
Stephen Dingus, 32, was sentenced to prison Friday for class B burglary by Justice Robert Mullen, after a plea deal in which two misdemeanor charges against him were dropped.
Dingus and his uncle, James Dingus, were arrested by state police in November in connection with the burglary. Police said Stephen Dingus tried to avoid arrest by jumping out of a second story window.
James Dingus’ case is scheduled for jury selection starting Friday.
According to police reports, Dingus entered the Chesterville home around 9 a.m. and then entered the bedroom where the girl was hiding. Scared by the sight of the girl, Dingus fled the house.
The girl immediately called the police and gave a description of the burglar and his car, including the license number.
A warrant was issued for Dingus’ arrest shortly after the burglary, and three days later, after investigation by state, local and county law authorities, the Dingus men were found together and arrested.
A class B burglary conviction is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.