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Cases of two armed burglary suspects move forward

WORTHINGTON -- A Montevideo man facing a string of felony charges related to a December armed burglary pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree burglary in Nobles County District Court.

WORTHINGTON - A Montevideo man facing a string of felony charges related to a December armed burglary pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree burglary in Nobles County District Court.

According to court documents, Christian R. Walls, 19, entered a plea petition to plead guilty to the felony-level offense in exchange for five other charges’ dismissal.

If the plea is accepted and he’s sentenced in accordance to the agreement, Walls would face 21 months of imprisonment, which would be stayed while he serves probation.

The agreement also outlines that he would serve 365 days in jail. He would receive credit for days serviced, work release and be entitled to good time. He would complete 200 hours of community service in lieu of a $2,000 fine, pay restitution on all charges with co-defendants and truthfully testify in other co-defendants’ court appearances.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 4.

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Last week, Albert Hughes - a co-defendant in the case who testified that he was an accessory to the burglary - was sentenced to 270 days in jail after being convicted of first-degree burglary.

According to court documents, the 19-year-old from Montevideo had already satisfied his 180-day jail segment as of last week’s sentencing in Nobles County District Court. The remaining 90-day segment may be vacated by a recommendation from Hughes’ probation agent.

Hughes also received a 33-month prison sentence, for which execution is to be stayed for up to 15 years of supervised probation. He was also ordered to serve 200 hours of community service and pay restitution with co-defendants if an affidavit is filed.

Court charges against two other suspects, Jakwan Horton and Justin Lien, are yet pending disposition.

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