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Montevideo man pleads guilty to participation in armed burglary

A Montevideo man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Nobles County District Court to his involvement in a December 2017 armed burglary of a Worthington residence.

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A Montevideo man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Nobles County District Court to his involvement in a December 2017 armed burglary of a Worthington residence.

Albert Hughes, 19, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree burglary of a residence on Fox Farm Road with three other individuals with the intent of stealing marijuana.

“We went to get marijuana and (expletive ) went wrong,” Hughes said of the armed burglary when the victims were present.

Hughes said he traveled to the Worthington residence to provide backup for a buddy, Justin Lien, who kicked in the garage house door to gain entry. His accomplices started breaking things and looking for marijuana, he said. They stole shoes, purses, clothing and phones, Hughes said.

According to the criminal complaint, the victims then chased after Hughes, Lien, Christian R. Walls, 18, and Jackwan Horton, 17, and a young female allegedly threatened into driving. The suspects and victims’ vehicles spun out in the ditch, and one witness said the AR-15 trigger was pulled but did not discharge.

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If Hughes is sentenced in accordance to the plea agreement, he faces a statutory minimum prison sentence of 180 days and a maximum of 270 days.

His presumptive aggravated sentence would be for 33 months, which would be stayed for up to 15 years of supervised probation. He was to cooperate with law enforcement and perform 200 hours of community service in lieu of a $2,000 fine.

He was to be released from the Nobles County Jail Thursday pending being sentenced, which is scheduled for June 20.

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