Steamboat Springs A 31-year-old Craig man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for burglarizing his former Steamboat Springs employer twice at the beginning of the year.
Judge Robert Brown sentenced Brian Nuebel for breaking into Big Country Resorts.
"The Colorado Department of Corrections is the most appropriate sentence," said Brown, who was filling in for District Judge Richard P. Doucette, who recently underwent foot surgery.
Brown ordered the father of two to serve the prison term because Brown has a lengthy criminal history that includes a burglary.
Nuebel and his court-appointed attorney, William Schurman, were hopeful Brown's sentence would not include prison but time in a community corrections program.
"There is Brian who is a hard worker," Schurman said. "And there is Brian who has committed these crimes. If he should go to prison, I would ask that it be less than four years."
Nuebel pleaded for leniency.
"I have really done some dumb things," Nuebel said. "I have no excuse for it. I want a chance to get out and be a good dad and a productive member of society."
Deputy District Attorney Charles Lance argued Nuebel has had chances before and four years in prison is necessary.
Court records show Nuebel was arrested in 1988, 1989 and 1991 in Iowa for burglary. In 1995, Nuebel was arrested for burglary in Colorado and is currently on parole for that offense.
Nuebel was arrested in February for allegedly breaking into Big Country Resorts twice in the span of a week.
Nuebel stole a credit card and a $150 cellular phone from Big Country Resorts when he entered the building between Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.
Nuebel gained entry into the building through a broken window on the west side of the building, 1445 Lincoln Ave.
Between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Nuebel entered the building a second time. This time, Nuebel stole $85 and some toys. Entry was gained into the building through another broken window.
For the incidents, Nuebel pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary, a class four felony.
In return for the guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed to dismiss felony theft charges and a connected case.
Nuebel was charged for living in an apartment owned by Big Country Resorts in the 1500 block of Pine Grove Road.
According to court records, police found the stolen credit card and cellular phone inside the apartment that was supposed to be vacant.
Along with the prison sentence, Brown ordered Nuebel pay $250 in restitution and gave him credit for 230 days he has served in jail.
After the brief court hearing, Nuebel was taken back to the Routt County Jail where state correction officials will pick him up sometime this week.
Nuebel could have the sentence reconsidered after 120 days.