Two brothers will serve 24 months probation for a May car burglary and criminal threat, but the judge wanted to make sure they had a significant prison sentence over their heads to encourage them to keep out of further trouble.
In separate proceedings Monday morning, Uriah Javaughn Steinike, 19, and Jordan Mikhail Steinike, 21, were each sentenced to 12 months probation on identical charges — criminal threat and burglary of a motor vehicle — to be served consecutively.
The sentence has an underlying prison sentence of six months for each charge, which would also be served consecutively should they violate conditions of probation.
In imposing the sentence, District Judge Glenn Braun said he wanted as much prison time as possible over them to keep them from violating the conditions.
There were no special conditions to their parole, only what is required by the law, such as gaining employment, no possession of firearms, no consumption of alcohol or drugs, reporting to the parole officer, being subject to random urine analysis, and paying court costs and attorney fees.
But the judge warned each man that, especially for someone their age, those are difficult conditions and they would have to be careful.
“You have all these temptations and you can’t consume anything legally,” he said to Uriah, the younger brother, adding he hoped he would take advantage of the probationary period to make changes to better his life.
He said much the same later in the morning to Jordan.
“It is really hard to have lots and lots of rules you’re not used to. That’s very hard for anyone, especially at 21 years old,” Braun said.
Braun did allow some leniency, telling each man that if he makes a good-faith effort to pay the fees but is not able to pay in full by the time probation ends, it won’t mean going to prison.
But Braun did not deviate from the plea agreement in crediting jail time. Uriah’s defense attorney, Alex Herrman, asked the judge to credit days served to today’s sentence, but Braun and Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees noted the plea states the jail time for each will be credited to a misdemeanor probation each was serving, with the probation to then be terminated.
The brothers were serving a six-month probation for a misdemeanor conviction of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia from an October arrest. Two charges of felony motor vehicle burglary and theft were dropped in that plea.
Charges of theft from August for allegedly taking an energy drink from a convenience store will likely be dropped, Drees said.