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Armed burglary cases prepped for sentencing

WORTHINGTON -- Conclusion of an armed burglary case is nearing, as signed plea agreements and a verdict has been filed in the criminal proceedings for the three individuals charged with breaking and entering an occupied apartment while wielding guns.

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WORTHINGTON - Conclusion of an armed burglary case is nearing, as signed plea agreements and a verdict has been filed in the criminal proceedings for the three individuals charged with breaking and entering an occupied apartment while wielding guns.

This week, Odol Othow, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated robbery, a felony. His presumptive sentence includes a 48-month jail sentence. According to court documents, co-defendant Buomkuoth Diew, 18, of Worthington has also signed a plea agreement in which he intends to plead guilty to felony first-degree burglary - possession of a dangerous weapon. The agreement calls for a presumptive 41-month jail sentence.

Following a three-day trial in late October, a jury convicted Mut Gach, 20, of Worthington of five of six charges filed in May related to the burglary. He was scheduled for a motion hearing late Tuesday afternoon - for which his defense attorney, Amanda Delaney, requested a Judgement of Acquittal on two of the charges on which he was convicted by the jury. The request argues that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

The trio were arrested in late April after complainants identified them as the three men who broke into their unit at the Nobles Square Apartments and held them at gunpoint. Law enforcement later learned the complainants - who seemed familiar with the defendants - had gone to the suspects’ apartment the following day to retrieve the stolen items themselves. When the suspects denied having been involved in the burglary, the complainants went to the law enforcement center to file a report, the criminal complaint states.

Sentencing dates in each case is still pending.

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