Timothy J. Ellenson, 20, pleaded guilty to a count of burglary. He was also given a chance to keep the incident from his record.
The night of Nov. 5 and early morning hours of Nov. 6, Ellenson and another Aberdeen man broke into Parkview Nursery, the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center near Northern State University and Journey Church. As part of his sentence, he must help repay more than $16,000 in restitution, the bulk of that to an insurance company, for damage caused to and items stolen from Parkview Nursery. Of the overall restitution total, $450 is for the Newman Center and $101 is for Journey Church.
According to a report from the Aberdeen Police Department, the Rev. Thomas Anderson of the Newman Center reported his living quarters were broken into and $300 in cash and checks were missing, in addition to debit cards and gift cards. Parkview Nursery owner Darin Latt reported someone forced his or her way into the store through the window and took $173 from the till. There was damage to multiple tills in the greenhouse area, as well as multiple doors. Devin Hebeisen reported someone had cut a screen and entered Journey Church through a window, but that nothing was stolen.
Ellenson said he and Slone M. Abdallah, 19, used a credit card to break into the back door for the nursery, then used tools that were on site to break into the till and other parts of the business and took items of value.
Two other burglary charged were dismissed in return for Ellenson's pleading guilty to the nursery burglary.
In addition to the prison time, he must pay $804 in fines and fees and spend at least two years on probation. If restitution is made in two years and Ellenson doesn't break and probation rules, his four-year probation term will be reduced, said Judge Tony Portra.
Ellenson must also undergo a chemical dependency evaluation and adhere to any recommendations. He was granted a suspended imposition of sentence. That means the burglary won't go on his record if he follows probation rules.
The crime he pleaded guilty to is a felony punishable by as much as 10 year in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Abdallah previously pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to prison.
Ellenson also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. On that count, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $384.
In other court news:
Timothy A. Shortbull, 54, of Valley City, N.D., was sentenced to five years in prison with half of the term suspended and fined $104 after previously pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor.
On Dec. 27, 2011, Shortbull went through the same checkout line at Kessler's five times and, on at least one occasion, showed a 17-year-old female clerk cellphone images of a naked woman.
Usually, the crime is punishable by as much as two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. But because Shortbull has a previous felony, he faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Nicholas R. Bomar, 20, of Aberdeen pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine. He also admitted to violating the terms of his probation.
According to court paperwork, he was on probation as the result of a previous unauthorized possession of oxycodone conviction. Oxycodone is a prescribed painkiller. According to court paperwork, Bomar broke probation rules by knowingly returning his prescribed medication with a different medication in the pill bottle.
Bomar was given the same sentence on the meth charge as he was for breaking probation rules: eight years in prison with 30 months suspended. The prison terms will be served concurrently. He must pay $108 in court costs on the meth charge and any outstanding fines and fees remaining from the oxycodone charge. His suspended imposition of sentence, which would have kept the oxycodone charge from his record, was revoked.
The meth and oxycodone charges are felonies, each punishable by as much as 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Trevor J. Erickson, 20, of Aberdeen admitted he violated the terms of his probation.
Erickson was on probation as the result of previous burglary and statutory rape convictions. According to court paperwork, he broke probation rules by quitting his job and moving without informing law enforcers, as is required of a sex offender, not attending classes as required and testing positive for marijuana.
He was sentenced to six years in prison with a year suspended. He must also pay any outstanding fines, fees and restitution.
Burglary, in this case, is a felony punishable by as much as 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Statutory rape is a felony punishable by as much as 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
Sergio T. Gonzalez, 37, of Aberdeen pleaded guilty to failing to properly register with law enforcers as is required of a sex offender. He was sentenced to five years in prison with three years suspended and given credit for 252 days served. He must also pay $104 in court costs.
Normally, the crime is a felony punishable by as much as two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. But the maximum penalty was increased to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine because he was found to be a habitual offender.