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Two sentenced in Nobles County, one for soliciting a child, one for assault

Both men received amended sentences after pleading guilty.

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WORTHINGTON — Two individuals were sentenced this week in Nobles County Fifth District Court in cases previously reported on by The Globe.

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Worthington resident Uriel Ivan Rodriguez, 23, was convicted on an amended charge of misdemeanor assault in the fifth degree, having entered a guilty plea.

Rodriguez was arrested in March and charged with felony-level assault and threats of violence, as well as disorderly conduct after police responded to reports of an altercation at a local hotel . All other charges were dismissed, per the plea agreement.

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Rodriguez was sentenced to 90 days in Nobles County Jail but was granted a stay of execution, allowing him to serve two years of probation instead. Rodriguez will also be required to pay $585 in court fines.

Tristen Simonsen, 19, of Lake Benton was also sentenced in Nobles County Court, having been convicted on one count of soliciting a child through electronic communication. Charges were brought against Simonsen in Nobles County after being under investigation for criminal sexual conduct involving several underage victims from South Dakota.

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Simonsen was sentenced to 15 months in a Minnesota correctional facility. The original charges of criminal sexual conduct were amended to solicitation after Simonsen entered a plea of guilty. He will also be required to pay $85 in court fines and register as a predatory offender.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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