An Austin man who stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and construction equipment from a residence under construction in the 11000 block of 535th Avenue in Lyle Township on August 1st, 2021 has been sentenced to prison time and over $30,000 in restitution in Mower County District Court.

In an amended court decision Thursday, 49-year old Troy Arthur Leeper, who is currently incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes was sentenced Thursday to 33 months in prison and $37,875 in restitution on a felony 3rd degree burglary charge.  Judge Jeffery Kritzer ordered the additional $37,875 in restitution to be paid by Leeper Thursday, and Leeper was originally convicted on the charge on July 28th, 2022 after pleading guilty on March 17th of the same year.  

Additional felony charges for 2nd degree burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, theft, taking, using or transferring movable property without consent, and for receiving stolen property in the case against Leeper were all dismissed with his guilty plea.