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Man to return to prison in burglary case

GRANITE FALLS -- A 35-year-old man will return to prison for a burglary that allegedly netted him an X-Box console and a game for it.

Daniel Ray Blue will serve a 43-month sentence for a second-degree burglary conviction. The court issued the sentence Monday in Yellow Medicine County District Court in Granite Falls. The court allowed it to be served concurrently with sentences for separate convictions in Chippewa County for second-degree burglary and possession of stolen property, according to Stacy Vinberg, assistant county attorney in Yellow Medicine County.

The Yellow Medicine County offense carried the longest possible prison sentence based on Blue's previous criminal record. He had served time in prison for a 2006 narcotics conviction.

Blue must serve a minimum of 28Xc months of the sentence in prison, and the remainder under supervised release.

Yellow Medicine County charged that Blue entered the home of a couple he knew in Granite Falls while they were gone on June 22.

When they returned, they found the items missing and also a traffic citation that had been issued to Blue, and apparently dropped by him while in the home.

A neighbor who had been asked to watch the home while they were gone told an investigating Granite Falls police officer that he had seen Blue enter the home.

The neighbor said he recognized Blue since he had worked as a corrections officer at the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton when Blue was an inmate there.

One of the victims also reported that she had seen the Blue in a pawn shop in Willmar after the burglary. The shop reported he had not pawned anything there recently.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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