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Two O.C. men sentenced to prison for trying to steal beer from FBI agent's garage [Updated]

January 5, 2010 |  9:02 am

Two Orange County men have been sentenced to two years in prison for breaking into the garage of an FBI agent, officials said today. An attorney for one of the men said the two were trying to steal beer.

[Updated at 10:37 a.m.: A previous version of this story stated that officials said the men were stealing beer, but it was an attorney who made the comment.]

Jeffrey Michael Drach, 20, of Yorba Linda, and Justin Wesley Case, 21, of Placentia, were sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to residential burglary.

The men entered the Yorba Linda home Nov. 18 through a partially opened garage door, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. The FBI agent -- identified only as James M. -- entered the garage and identified himself as a law enforcement officer and ordered them to stop.

The agent briefly struggled with one of the men before both fled in a car. James M. shot at the car as it drove away but neither man was injured.

Drach’s attorney said the men entered the garage only to steal beer. The men fled before taking anything, said Deputy District Atty. Keith Bogardus.

The getaway car was spotted nearby later that morning, and the men were arrested soon after.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

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