Carlton man pleads guilty in Mahtowa armed robberyA Carlton man will face a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison in connection with a November armed robbery in Mahtowa.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Carlton man will face a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison in connection with a November armed robbery in Mahtowa.
Zachary Scott Moehrke, 19, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and had one count of felony first-degree aggravated robbery dismissed as part of a plea agreement last week.
With that plea, a minimum 36-month prison sentence is required, according to court documents.
Moehrke remains in jail with sentencing set for March 1. He has prior criminal convictions including disorderly conduct and theft of services and had just finished time on juvenile probation for a drug possession conviction.
Cameron Alden Angell, 19, of Barnum is facing charges of felony aiding and abetting aggravated robbery in the first degree and felony aiding and abetting second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in the same incident. He remains in jail on $80,000 bail with a settlement conference scheduled for Feb. 1.
The robbery occurred at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Moehrke is accused of using a .22 caliber handgun to rob the store, demanding cash from an employee. Moehrke allegedly grabbed the cash and pointed the gun at the clerk before leaving the store.
Deputies arrested Moehrke and Angell after a traffic stop in the area a short time later.
Moehrke first told officers that Angell committed the robbery, but he later admitted he did it. He also said he and Angell went to a Cloquet residence and hid the handgun and clothing Moehrke was wearing during the crime. The gun and clothing were later recovered by officers.