FARMINGTON -- The man identified as coming out of Clare B. Niederhauser's home in January is on his way to prison.
Judge Thomas Kay sentenced Robert Santos Cruz, 48, of Layton, on Thursday to serve up to five years in the Utah State Prison after listening to statements made by Niederhauser and his wife, Berrie Niederhauser.
Cruz had pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony burglary charge.
Kay said Cruz's criminal record began when Cruz was a juvenile with drug and alcohol charges.
As an adult his criminal history included use of cocaine, operating a meth lab and assault.
Both Niedehausers said they have lived in fear since the day Clare Niederhauser came home and saw Cruz running at him with a crowbar.
The two had built the home themselves 19 years ago. Even their grandchildren are worried that the "bad man" will come back to their home, Berrie Niederhauser said.
Berrie Niederhauser said she is afraid to be home alone now that her "sense of safety, security and peace of mind" has been stolen by Cruz.
Clare Niederhauser said Cruz's long criminal history shows "complete disregard to the law."
Before he was sentenced, Cruz asked the judge to not send him to prison but to sentence him to jail, so he could participate in the jail's substance abuse program.
Cruz said he has had six years of being clean, but then got back on drugs.
The last time he was sent to prison was in 2010.
"I have seven grandkids and I haven't been there for my kids. I want to be there for my grandkids and my kids," Cruz said.
Cruz said he is trained as a heavy-equipment operator and has his commercial driver's license. He also has worked as a surveyor.
Cruz said he was on drugs when he broke into the Niederhausers home Jan. 31.
"I wish there was something I could do to ease (the Niederhausers') minds," Cruz said.
Niederhauser pleaded no contest to illegal discharge of a firearm, a class B misdemeanor, in February in 2nd District Court.
He shot his handgun into a field and at a fleeing car when police arrived at Niederhauser's home.