Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle reports that 19-year-old Matthew Wayne Zinnel of Hawarden was sentenced this week for the crimes of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony and Burglary in the Third Degree (automobile), an Aggravated Misdemeanor; as well as Possession of Marijuana – 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor.
On September 14, 2013, a rural Rock Valley resident reported a stolen 4-wheeler. Then on September 23, 2013, the Sioux Center Police Department received a report of a stolen vehicle. A Sioux County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a vehicle fitting the description of the stolen vehicle in a field driveway about three-quarters of a mile from Zinnel’s home. The deputy’s K-9 was deployed to the location to track footprints which led from the vehicle to Zinnel’s home. The tread on Zinnel’s shoes matched the footprints found on the gravel road. Zinnel admitted that he took the 4-wheeler and showed officers where it was hidden. Zinnel further admitted that he committed two other burglaries and that he had marijuana inside the house.
Zinnel was sentenced to five years in prison on the felony burglary charge and to two years in prison on the aggravated misdemeanor burglary charge. Zinnel was also sentenced to 180 days in jail on the possession of marijuana charge, with all but 10 days suspended. All sentences are to run concurrently. However, the prison term was suspended and Zinnel was placed on probation for two years. One of the conditions of the sentence is that Zinnel is to live at a Residential Treatment Facility until “maximum benefits have been obtained.”