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Would-be burglar sentenced to prison
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FARMINGTON — Robert Santos Cruz, the man who was caught coming out of Clare B. Niederhauser’s home on Jan. 31, was sentenced last week to serve up to five years in the Utah State Prison.

Cruz, 48, of Layton, had pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge.

On Jan. 31 Neiderhauser came home and found a car parked in his driveway with two occupants inside. Cruz was standing in his doorway holding a pry bar, and then Niederhauser retrieved a gun from his vehicle and confronted Cruz, holding him at gunpoint. At the time, police reported Niederhauser ordered Cruz to drop the crowbar and Cruz complied.

Neiderhauser  fired toward the vehicle and called 911.

As officers arrived, Cruz ran toward the home’ backyard. Niederhauser chased Cruz and fired a single shot into the field behind the home.

Officers then located and arrested Cruz without incident. Cruz was not armed.Neidehauser, who was also arrested at the scene, pleaded no contest to illegal discharge of a firearm, a class B misdemeanor, in February.

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