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story.lead_photo.caption Zachary Dain Rice

The second suspect in a 2018 burglary at Fulton High School was sentenced last week, Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson said.

Zachary Dain Rice, 23, of Troy, Tennessee, pleaded guilty in May to charges of burglary in the second degree and forgery. The judge sentenced Rice to three years in prison Aug. 10 for the each of the offenses, suspended execution of the prison sentences and placed Rice on five years of supervised probation under several conditions.

Rice admitted he and Wendell Belisle, of Fulton, broke into Fulton High School in June 2018 for the purpose of stealing.

According to a Fulton Police Department probable cause statement, on the morning of June 25, 2018, a teacher reported to then-Principal Chris Mincher it appeared her desk had been searched. Mincher reviewed video surveillance and spotted two walking through the halls on the night of June 20.

The pair entered by breaking a window, later valued at $325, on the school's west side. In the library, they moved a security camera so it couldn't film them.

On June 26, the FPD arrested Rice in the 7600 block of Branch Road. At the time, he gave his name as Caleb Lee Rice, though people in the residence identified him as Zachary Rice. He also signed the false name on a document listing his rights at the police department.

"It should also be noted, earlier in the day, he identified himself to Lt. (Bill) Ladwig as Zachary Rice," FPD Officer Skyler Kinney stated in the PC report.

Rice, who was also under a probation violation warrant from Tennessee, was positively identified via fingerprinting.

In pleading guilty, Rice admitted he lied to arresting officers about his identity at the time of his arrest and forged another man's name on booking documents at the jail.

As one condition to his probation, Rice was ordered to pay a restitution amount of $442.96.

Belisle withdrew a not-guilty plea and guilty to second-degree burglary in February. In April, he was given a suspended sentence and five years of probation, under conditions he complete 100 hours of community service, substance abuse treatment and paying of $442.96 in restitution

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