A southwest Iowa man is sentenced to prison time after being convicted of stealing dozens of vases from an eastern Nebraska cemetery. Authorities say 53-year-old Gary Hostetter, of Carter Lake, Iowa, admitted to taking 45 brass vases from Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska. The vases are worth about $220 each, for a total of $9,000.
While Hostetter confessed to taking 45 vases, the cemetery says 93 were missing. He was caught trying to sell the vases for scrap. Hostetter was sentenced in Dodge County, Nebraska, courts to a minimum of ten months in prison, a maximum of five years.