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Worthington man given ‘significant opportunity’ in aggravated robbery sentencing

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man that participated in a February aggravated robbery of a man at Chautauqua Park has the chance to avoid a criminal conviction and jail time.

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WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man that participated in a February aggravated robbery of a man at Chautauqua Park has the chance to avoid a criminal conviction and jail time.

Vincent Reum, 23, received a stay of imposition after pleading guilty to felony first-degree aggravated robbery for his willful participation in the robbery setup of a Worthington man with two other individuals. He can avoid conviction on his record if he is compliant with the terms of supervised probation, which is not to exceed five years. He can also avoid a 60-day jail sentence if he completes a chemical use assessment by July 6.

Reum was also ordered to pay $550 in restitution jointly and severally with his alleged co-conspirator, Miguel Harlow, 18, of Rushmore. Two other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore - who detailed knowing Reum from a variety of capacities - said the case detailing Reum helping hold down a victim while Harlow allegedly robbed him of his wallet in Chautauqua Park was mind-boggling.

“What’s in (the criminal complaint) isn’t consistent with who I thought you were,” Moore said. “I’m guessing drugs have to had played a role.”

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According to the criminal complaint, a female juvenile claimed the robbery setup of the victim, whom had periodically messaged her via Facebook, was Reum’s plan. She convinced the victim to lend her $50, and later messaged him that she wished to return it. The two agreed to meet at Chautauqua Park in Worthington, and that’s when Reum and Harlow - with whom she had a personal relationship with - jumped him.

Reum denied the female’s statements that the setup was his plan, but admitted he participated. He did not receive any of the money taken, he said.

“It was stupid,” Reum said Tuesday.

Prior to Tuesday’s disposition, state prosecutor Braden Hoefert said he believed Harlow and juvenile female had a more significant relationship to the victim than Reum did and that he has no reason to doubt Reum’s statements.

“(Reum’s) criminal history doesn’t indicate he’s the mastermind behind this aggravated robbery, but he has admitted to participating, and should be punished accordingly,” Hoefert said.

Reum’s defense attorney, Amanda Delaney, advocated for a stay of imposition disposition.

“From the very first time meeting with (Reum) he’s expressed regret and a desire to settle this case and take accountability for his actions,” Delaney said.  

Moore sentenced Reum in accordance to the party’s agreement, and told him he would not forget the significant opportunity he was being given. Moore added that sometimes young people can make dumb decisions, but that Reum’s actions were beyond that and called them criminal and absurd.

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“This is the kind of behavior that affects the community, and it justifiably angers them,” Moore said about Reum’s participation in jumping a man minding his own business in the park. “This conduct is outrageous and unacceptable.”

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