For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Todd Dvorak
(208) 334-4112

Date: November 24, 2014

Boise Man Gets 14 Years in Prison for Role in 2013 Theft

(Boise) – A Boise man convicted for being in possession of property taken during a 2013 burglary in the Treasure Valley has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today.

Fourth District Judge Steven Hippler ordered Gilberto Garza Jr., 34, to serve a minimum of seven years for his role in the crime, though Garza could be ordered to serve the full 14-year prison term.  A hearing will be held in the future to determine how much Garza should pay in restitution.

Garza pleaded guilty in August to one count of felony grand theft for knowingly receiving or possessing stolen property.  Prosecutors with the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit accused Garza of obtaining silver, firearms, ammunition, jewelry and other property stolen during the break-in of an Eagle home sometime between March 17th and May 17th, 2013.

Garza is one of two people charged in the crime.

In September, Garza’s wife, Jessica Engelhardt, 26, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for resisting and obstructing.  She was sentenced to 365 days in the county jail, with 347 days suspended and credit given for serving 18 days in jail.

Engelhardt was also placed on probation for two years and could be subject to paying restitution when an amount is determined by the court.

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