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Men convicted of break-in at FBI agent's home

January 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Two men will each spend the next two years in state prison for breaking into an FBI agent's Brea home. Jeffrey Drach, 20, of Yorba Linda and 21-year-old Justin Case of Placentia pleaded guilty Monday to felony first-degree residential burglary. Prosecutors say Drach and Case broke into the agent's home through a partially open garage door at about 2 a.m. on November 18.

The agent had gone to his back yard to get his dog and saw the two when he returned. He says he identified himself as an FBI agent and ordered the suspects to stop. Instead, one of the men struggled with the agent.

Prosecutors say the agent shot at the suspects as they fled in a car, but that they were not hurt.

They were caught later that morning after someone called 911 to report a suspicious car outside their home. It matched the description of the getaway car.

Prosecutors say Drach and Case could have faced up to six years in prison if convicted at trial, but that they negotiated a plea deal.

City News Service contributed to this report.