Vermillion men sentenced for burglary conspiracy

Vermillion men sentenced for burglary conspiracy By From P&D staff reports Two Vermillion men, who were part of an attempted burglary in Vermillion last year, have been sentenced to the state penitentiary, said Clay County State's Attorney Tami Bern.

David West pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary in the second degree, while Christopher Dyer was convicted in Clay County Court of conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree.

West received 10 years in prison with five years suspended for his role in the Dec. 4, 2002, crime. He received credit for 224 days already served, Bern said. West was also ordered to pay court costs and meet other conditions of the court.

Dyer received 7 1/2 years years in the state penitentiary, the state's attorney said.

West was 31 at the time of the crime and Dyer was 22, Bern said.

"West was the mastermind behind the conspiracy, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge," she said. "Dyer took it to trial and was convicted on the more serious alternative charge."

The case also involved two juveniles, Bern said. One cooperated with the court and wasn't charged, while the other juvenile was charged.

According to Kim Callahan, Vermillion's interim police chief at the time, the suspects were intercepted and arrested in the 400 block of Jefferson Street. The suspects were arrested for allegedly planning to break into a home, assault the occupants, and steal illegal drugs and cash.

The arrests followed a three-month investigation, Callahan said.

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