by TERRY SMITH
A 20-year-old Hailey man who broke into Rasberrys-Restaurant & Catering in Hailey to steal alcohol last month could face up to five years in prison if Judge Robert J. Elgee follows the recommendation of the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Paul Silvas Armendarez Jr. pleaded guilty to the felony crime of burglary Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court. In exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor's office agreed to have dismissed a misdemeanor charge of possession of alcohol by a person under 21.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback told the judge that as part of the plea agreement, he will recommend at sentencing that Armendarez be sentenced to five years in prison, with three years to be served before parole eligibility.<
Ketchum attorney Dan Dolan, assigned as public defender, said, "We're free to argue for less," but noted that "Paul has a lengthy juvenile record."
Armendarez admitted to burglarizing Rasberrys on the morning of Jan. 22.
"I went into Raspberrys without permission and stole alcohol," the defendant told the judge. Hailey police reported earlier that the alcohol stolen was worth about $600.
Sentencing was scheduled for April 23.
Armendarez remains incarcerated in the Blaine County jail on $10,000 bond.
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