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Two sentenced in Nobles County Fifth District Court

Rachel Phetmany Roberts and Ya Ko were sentenced in Nobles County Fifth District Court this week for crimes previously covered by the Globe.

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WORTHINGTON — Two individuals were sentenced in Nobles County Fifth District Court this week for crimes previously covered by the Globe.

Rachel Phetmany Roberts, 32, of Adrian was sentenced in three cases on Tuesday, including theft of a motor vehicle , a felony charge she was convicted of. Roberts was also convicted of threats of violence , also a felony, and possession of stolen property, a gross misdemeanor, in two separate cases. All other charges were dismissed.

Rachel Roberts
Roberts

“I apologize for stealing that car,” Roberts told Judge Sherry Haley. “I’m sorry.”

Haley thanked Roberts for her apology and suggested she send a letter to the owner of the car, offering an apology to them as well.

Roberts was sentenced to 30 months and one day for the two felony charges, with credit for time served, and an additional 180 days in jail for the gross misdemeanor conviction.

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Worthington resident Ya Ko, 28, was also sentenced in Nobles County Fifth District Court that same day. Ko was arrested in October 2021 after an altercation involving two other men , and charged with second-degree assault and rioting while armed with a dangerous weapon, both felony-level offenses. While the assault charge was dismissed, per the plea agreement, Ko was convicted of rioting and sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison, and fined $510, due no later than March 2023.

However, Ko was granted a stay of imposition by the judge to serve three years of supervised probation, with requirements that he obtain a mental health evaluation, abstain from any and all mood-altering substances, and submit to chemical testing at the request of his probation officer.

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