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Iowa man gets prison sentence for cemetery thefts

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A 53-year-old Iowa man was sentenced to serve prison time for stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of brass vases from a Nebraska cemetery.

Gary Hostetter, of Carter Lake, Iowa, pleaded no contest to felony theft charges in July 2014. He admitted to taking 45 brass vases, each worth $220, from Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska, according to the Fremont Tribune. A total of 93 brass vases were reported missing from the cemetery grounds, the paper reported.

Hostetter was caught when he tried to sell the vases to a scrap yard.

“(His attorney) said the only explanation for Hostetter’s actions is that ‘Mr. Hostetter on this day was one of the stupidest people on this earth,’” the report said.

Hostetter was sentenced Monday, August 25, 2014 to 20 months to five years in prison. He must serve a minimum of 10 months of the sentence under Nebraska law.

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