CALDWELL -- A former Nampa real estate broker who pleaded guilty to grand theft rather than face trial on allegations he took more than $400,000 from business clients has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Jerry Gunstream was sentenced Monday in 3rd District Court and must serve a minimum of at least two years.

He was credited with 137 days he's served in the Canyon County Jail. His attorney called that self-punishment because Gunstream could have met the $10,000 bond.

Gunstream pleaded guilty to grand theft in April.

He told investigators he transferred money out of tenants' accounts when he needed it to cover his own expenses because his income from real estate sales had declined.

Gunstream reported $2.1 million in debt when filing for bankruptcy.

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