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Eilander guilty of reduced burglary charge, acquitted of sexual abuse

Following approximately 90 minutes of deliberation late Friday afternoon, Gary Lee Eilander learned his fate from a jury of nine women and three men.

The jury found him guilty of a lesser charge of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony. It also found him not guilty on a charge of sexual abuse.

At the request of Assistant County Attorney Scott Nicholson, District Court Judge Terry Rickers polled the jurors. All 12 confirmed the verdict. Rickers then thanked the jurors for their service and released them.

Sentencing as been tentatively set for 9:30 a.m. on July 22. In the meantime, Eilander must undergo a pre-sentencing investigation by the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Rickers also lowered Eilander's bond to $25,000 — cash or surety — on the condition he maintains good behavior and is monitored for alcohol use by the Department of Corrections. Additionally, a no-contact order against Eilander from July 5, 2012, was upheld.

See more on this story in Monday's Daily News.

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