Burglars sentenced for breaking into pregnant woman’s home

Published 10:48 am Friday, November 4, 2011

Two Austin women who broke into a pregnant woman’s apartment and stole money from her were sentenced in Mower County District Court.

Nyakier James Thiach, 18, was convicted of first-degree burglary. She was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in jail and 20 months probation. Her 20-year probationary period stems from a stayed 27-month prison sentence. She received credit for 73 days already served. According to Assistant Mower County Attorney Jeremy Clinefelter, Thiach must also complete 100 hours of sentence to service and cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of her probation conditions.

Thiach’s counterpart in the crime, 19-year-old Nyamuoch Peter Chuony, was sentenced this morning to 20 years supervised probation and 80 hours of community service on one count of first degree burglary.

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The incident took place in the 900 block of Seventh Avenue NE around 9:45 p.m. Friday, July 29. Witnesses said the victim, who was reportedly eight months pregnant at the time, was screaming for help.

According to a court complaint, Thiach and Chuony entered the woman’s apartment uninvited asking for someone named “Lucio” who reportedly owed them money. When the woman told them she doesn’t know anyone named Lucio, they demanded to know where Lucio lives.

According to the complaint, Chuony told the woman she would get her brothers to come over if she called police.

Thiach reportedly dropped a plastic container holding $50 of change near a tree as she left the scene. The victim’s roommate identified it as his coin container.

When police questioned her, Thiach denied entering the apartment or stealing the coins. As she was being handcuffed, she said she stole the money because “they are here illegally,” according to a court complaint.