Dawson woman sentenced in armed burglary case
WORTHINGTON — A Dawson woman will serve 178 days on electronic home monitoring and pay a $1,000 fine for aiding and abetting a December 2017 armed burglary in Worthington.
Fifth Judicial District Judge Terry Vajgrt called Kaitlin I. Wold’s case ‘unique,’ as various versions of her level of involvement in the burglary had been shared as part of the investigation.
“It’s difficult for me to assess your level of culpability and hard for me to assess the level of duress you were under,” Vajgrt told the 20-year-old woman prior to being sentenced in Nobles County District Court.
Wold — who drove three men and a juvenile to Worthington to burglarize a home that reportedly swindled them out of marijuana they’d paid for — told Judge Vajgrt that if she could go back to that day, she’d turn the car around when she learned the purpose for the visit to Worthington.
Through tears, Wold shared her history of being in a violent relationship and being scared if she didn’t do what her former abusive partner told her to do.
According to Wold’s defense attorney, Michael Hanson, Wold’s former partner has since been convicted of multiple domestic assault charges and sentenced to four years in prison.
Hanson added that he doubted sending Wold to jail would accomplish anything other than “satisfying” some kind of punishment.
“She’s fessed up and come clean about her involvement in it,” Hanson said, calling her behavior that day abnormal. “Harsh punishment isn’t needed to drill the point home. She has no intention of ever stepping foot into a courtroom again.”
Wold received a stay of imposition and has the opportunity for the felony-level offense to be considered a gross misdemeanor on her record. She was placed on five years supervised probation. She was sentenced to two days in jail, which she’d already satisfied. Three other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.