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Plea bargain reached in break-ins spree case

By Staff | Dec 21, 2009

A 19-year-old Winnebago man has reached a plea agreement for his part in nearly 30 residential break-ins in the city last August.

A one-day jury trial for Andrew Paul Holm was scheduled for Dec. 11.

Instead, he pleaded guilty to three felony counts of second-degree burglary of a dwelling. Five other charges were dismissed.

Holm initially was charged with six felony counts of second-degree burglary of a dwelling and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Two 14-year-old males also were charged in the spree of burglaries that began on Aug. 20.

According to court papers, residents on Aug. 23 reported seeing three young males using a flashlight to look into a garage window before attempting to gain entry.

Attempted break-ins of several residences and vehicles occurred over a five-day period, says a court complaint.

Holm has been sitting in jail for four months. His bail was set at $80,000 without conditions or $40,000 with conditions, or was able to post $4,000 cash with conditions.

Before pleading guilty, defense attorney Troy Timmerman and County Attorney Brian Roverud questioned Holm about the break-ins.

He denied involvement in some of the burglaries. While some of the things taken have been returned to the owners, Holm says he has not given back any items.

Under the plea, Holm will be sentenced to one year in jail and make restitution. He will be given credit for time already served.

Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, Holm will serve two-thirds, or eight months. His prison sentence was stayed, which means if Holm violates any conditions of his probation he will have to serve 38 months behind bars.

Judge Douglas Richards ordered a pre-sentence investigation be conducted.