Altan receives five-year prison sentence

Eric Spratt, 22, of Alta, was found guilty of violating the terms of his probation and was sentenced to five years in prison on Sept. 29 in Buena Vista County District Court.

Spratt was placed on probation for third-degree burglary, a class D felony, to an apartment at 205 W. Sixth St., on Feb. 25.  According to police, Spratt and two other accomplices broke into a neighbor’s apartment and stole money while the neighbor slept.

On Aug. 10, about two months after being placed on probation, Spratt was arrested by Storm Lake Police for trespass after a resident in the same apartment reported that the defendant was extremely intoxicated and refused to leave after being told to do so.  The court found that Spratt’s violation of the trespass law and failure to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages while on probation warranted revocation of Spratt’s probation and the original sentence of five years in prison was imposed.

Spratt has a lengthy criminal history, which includes multiple alcohol related charges, assault and disorderly conduct, burglary, trespassing and interference.  In 2012 Spratt was sentenced to two years in prison, but was paroled after serving nine months. He also spent four months in prison in 2013.

BV County Attorney Dave Patton represented the State of Iowa and John P. Loughlin of Cherokee represented the defendant. Judge John P. Duffy presided over the probation revocation hearing.