The Twinkie Bandits are headed home for the holidays.

Two Clearfield Job Corps students dubbed the Twinkie Bandits received a serious lecture this week in 2nd District Court, credit for the two months they've already been in jail, and tickets back to their hometowns.Clifton Allen, 18, of St. Louis, and Timothy Greene, 18, of Denver, were charged in September with burglary and, unable to post bond, sat in the Davis County Jail until their arraignment Nov. 1 in district court on the third-degree felony charge.

Their attorney, public defender Glen Cella, worked out a plea bargain for them in which they pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, a Class A misdemeanor, and presented the plea negotiation at their arraignment.

Judge Douglas L Cornaby asked for more details of the incident before accepting the plea negotiation.

Cella recounted how on or about Sept. 24, the two entered the Job Corps canteen through an open door and helped themselves to some items.

What items? the judge asked.

"Uhhh . . . twinkies," offered prosecutor Carvel Harward, searching through his case folder, as laughter rippled through the courtroom. "A box of Twinkies," said Cella. "We're talking about a box of Twinkies each."

"Do you mean a case of Twinkies or . . ." the judge was asking when Allen volunteered that each defendant had helped himself to a box of 12 individually wrapped Twinkies. By this time the ripple of laughter in the courtroom had reached near tidal-wave proportions.

"Well, that makes it all the more horrendous," Cornaby said, adding he was sure the press - by this time fairly collapsed on the floor in hilarity - would be trumpeting the story as "The Great Twinkie Caper."

Cornaby accepted the plea negotiation and ordered Greene and Allen back to jail to await an Adult Probation and Parole presentence investigation. The two came up for sentencing this week.

Tuesday, they faced the judge again.

"Well, it's the Twinkie Bandits," said Cornaby as Greene and Allen, flanking Cella, stood before him. "They prefer `Baked Confection Bandits,' your honor," said Cella.

Turning serious, Cella said his two clients realize that although it was only Twinkies, what they did was wrong and they're sorry. They both now have a criminal record (the Adult Probation and Parole report showed a clean record previously) and are washed out of Job Corps, he said.

Greene told the judge he was in his last semester in the program, due to graduate in November. "I just want to get home," Allen said, referring to the two months he and Greene had already spent behind bars.

Cornaby agreed, saying although numerous jokes had been made about their caper it still remains a criminal matter and gave the two a lecture about what it's done to their lives.

He then sentenced them to six months in the county jail, fined them $500 each, gave them credit for the two months they'd already spent in jail, and stayed the rest of their sentence, allowing them to return home.

"I told you I'd have you home for the holidays," Cella said.