WORTHINGTON — A Worthington resident received a stay of adjudication Tuesday after pleading guilty to an April burglary of a local home.
Aduo Omot, 28, was arrested after entering a house late at night where he had observed a woman home alone. At the time of his arrest, a preliminary breath test read 0.204% alcohol content. Omot was arrested and charged with felony first-degree burglary and two gross misdemeanors: interference with privacy and harassment.
Omot pleaded guilty to the burglary and harassment charges, with the interference with privacy charge dismissed. At the sentencing hearing Tuesday, Fifth Judicial District Judge Darci Bentz granted Omot a stay of adjudication on the burglary charge, meaning he was not judged to be guilty and will avoid the felony conviction. He is to serve 10 years of supervised probation and pay a $500 fine. Bentz ordered him to write a letter of apology to the homeowners and excluded him from their street and the surrounding area.
Omot was convicted on the harassment charge and sentenced to 365 days in local jail, with 314 days stayed and credit for 51 days previously served. This means Omot will not need to serve any additional jail time. On the harassment charge, he also received one year of supervised probation and an additional $500 fine.
As part of the terms of his probation, Omot will need to complete chemical dependency treatment.
"This was a very frightening experience for the homeowners," Bentz told Omot, "and you have been given the opportunity to address your chemical use issues so that this does not happen again."