A 41-year-old transient was sentenced to a year in Turning Point, a Christian-based program for men with "life-controlling" problems, after he pleaded guilty to burglary when he stole a beer from El Centro Liquor.
Douglas Dante Riddell was facing three years in prison for the burglary but Superior Court Judge Donald Donnelly sentenced him to the program, said Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Steve Honse.
Riddell also was arrested for attempting to steal a train and a beer delivery truck the same day as the beer theft. Those charges were dropped.
Riddell was arrested May 10 in the 1400 block of Holt Avenue after he allegedly tried to swipe a Budweiser delivery truck and a railroad engine on the tracks near Main Street. He then ended his theft spree with the beer.