Cousins sentenced in Wasatch Co. barn burglaries

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jun 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-13 22:24:53-04

HEBER, Utah -- The Gressmen cousins, Garrett and Tyrel, earlier pleaded guilty to burglarizing two horse ranches in Wasatch County and on Wednesday they learned their fate in court.

Despite their tearful apologies, the district court judge ordered the two to spend six more months in jail.

Police say the Gressmens spent two days at the barns and stole thousands of dollars worth of property.

"We're probably looking at, everything that was taken, between 130 to 150 thousand dollars between vehicles and tack.," Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner said in March when the crimes took place.

The victims were hoping the cousins would spend at least another year in jail.

Burglary victim Erin Grady says she is still feeling victimized by the crimes and doubted the Gressmens' courtroom apologies.

"I just think actions speak louder than words and their actions were very impactful to my family and my neighbors and I don't know if I can ever let go of that," said Grady.

Alicia Richardson's barn was also hit during their crime spree, where nearly everything was ransacked. There they helped themselves to expensive saddles, custom chaps, bridles and power tools.

"They ransacked and stole as much stuff as they could put in the bed of a pickup truck," said Richardson.

The judge also ordered both men to pay full restitution and enroll in mandatory substance abuse counseling once they are out.