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LA man set to plead guilty to tool thefts

A 26-year-old Los Angeles man is set to plead guilty to a 3-year-old storage shed break-in, after he was linked to the crime scene when blood drops at the site were traced to his DNA.

In exchange for Yoni Soto Vanega's guilty plea to burglary, his attorney is asking for a 12-30-month sentence.

More than $3,500 in tools and equipment were reported stolen March 19, 2009, from a storage shed at a Metcalf Builders site in Indian Hills.

Evidence indicated the thief cut the fence and used a wheelbarrow to take compressors, a nail gun, drill, roto-hammer and tool belt.

Vanega was identified in February 2010 through DNA testing, and was in custody in Bakersfield, Calif.

He was extradited to Douglas County earlier in November.

-- A hearing was delayed to Dec. 5 for Matthew McClintock, 25, who faces a charge of felony drunk driving after he was pulled over early Saturday morning.

McClintock was stopped on Joette Drive after a deputy saw him weaving down the road in a Jeep Wrangler.

After failing a field sobriety test, McClintock took a breath test during booking that revealed a .153 blood-alcohol content.

He was convicted of felony DUI in 2009, but allowed to participate in a diversion program designed to keep drunk drivers out of prison.

McClintock graduated from the DUI diversion in August.

His lawyer, Tod Young, told East Fork Judge Tom Perkins he would address bail next week. He said McClintock was looking at a mine in Winnemucca that may be hiring.

"They have laws against drunk driving in Winnemucca, too," Perkins said.

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The Record Courier Updated Nov 30, 2012 01:38PM Published Nov 30, 2012 01:28PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.