Man pleads guilty to burglary,
blames break-in on need for nicotine
March 3, 2011 - WinonaDailyNews.com
A La Crescent, Minn., man in need of a nicotine fix in July pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to third-degree burglary.
Ura Miller, 32, admitted he used a screwdriver July 27 to break into another resident's room at Mosher Veterans Home in Dakota, Minn., while he searched for cigarettes.
"I knew where some were hidden," he said.
He admitted he did not have permission to enter the resident's room.
A report issued by investigators at the Winona County Sheriff's Office shows Miller broke into a resident's room by removing the door from the hinges.
Miller was placed on probation. He will remain in the Winona County Jail until he is transferred to an adult foster-care facility in Plainview, Minn.
Two other counts of burglary were dismissed Wednesday as part of the plea agreement.
Miller will be sentenced April 7 before Judge Mary Leahy.