Man convicted for stealing firearm from Barstow home
Burglar apologizes to victim in court
BARSTOW • A Victorville man will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to stealing a firearm from a Barstow woman’s home.
Steven Estrada, 33, was living with a relative next-door to the victim, Lindsay Meindl, when he ransacked her trailer while the woman was out of town in July. During the burglary, Estrada stole the woman’s firearm, keepsake jewelry and other items, Meindl said.
Police told her she would never see her possessions again.
When she did spot her mother’s ring in Foster’s Pawn Shop in Barstow she nearly fell to the ground, she said. That eventually led police to Estrada’s residence in Victorville where they found additional possessions and arrested him.
When Estrada was brought into the Barstow Superior Court room Tuesday, he scanned the room, caught eyes with Meindl and said “I’m sorry” before bailiffs silenced him.
“I’ve never before seen any other defendant say they’re sorry like that,” Meindl said.
In his plea deal with prosecutors, Estrada will face three years in prison in exchange for dropping a burglary charge. The charge will also count as a strike on his record.
He is set to be sentenced Oct. 1 in Barstow Superior Court.
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