Cloquet man sentenced for armed robbery, terroristic threatsAn 18-year-old Nicholas Joseph Ammesmaki, who was implicated in both a 2012 armed robbery and an incident earlier this year involving terrorist threats, was sentenced on multiple charges Monday in Carlton County Court.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
An 18-year-old Cloquet man implicated in both a 2012 armed robbery and an incident earlier this year involving terrorist threats, was sentenced on multiple charges Monday in Carlton County Court.
Nicholas Joseph Ammesmaki was sentenced by Judge Robert Macaulay to 36 months in prison on felony charges of aiding and abetting second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. He was granted a stay of three years and will remain on supervised probation during that time. He also must serve 189 days of local confinement (with credit for 126 days already served), complete a chemical assessment, complete in-patient treatment, attend Alcoholics Anonymous, refrain from possessing or consuming alcohol and/or controlled substances, submit to random testing, avoid contact with the victims and obtain a GED and employment.
Ammesmaki, who requested to be prosecuted as an adult, was one of three men to be charged in the incident.
According to the criminal complaint, Cloquet police officers responded to a call at approximately 1:19 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2012, to the 1400 block of Maplewood Avenue in Cloquet. There they learned from the son of the homeowners that he had been hosting a party earlier in the evening in a detached garage on the premises.
The party was broken up by the parents upon their arrival home. While the son and five or six others were cleaning up the garage, an adult male reportedly came into the garage carrying a handgun. The homeowners’ son stated the handgun was then pointed at his head and the intruder made threats against his life unless he provided the assailant with money.
The victim said he managed to eject the man from the garage, however, shutting the main door behind him. A short time later, the same intruder returned with his handgun, along with at least two other males, and threatened the victim and his friends once again. At that point one of the other intruders — who also had a handgun — fired his gun into the ceiling of the garage as if to make his point that they meant business. However, the victim said he once again forced all of the intruders out of the garage, this time locking the main door behind them, and the assailants disappeared into a wooded area near the home.
Upon the arrival of the police, an immediate search began, and they located two adult males and two juveniles who were thought to be involved in the attempted robbery. The two adult males with handguns were identified as Robert Dwayne Jeff, 18, and Jaque Love, 25. Both men admitted to involvement in the attempted robbery, though Jeff denied having fired the gun into the ceiling of the garage. The juveniles were Dustin Hawke St. Clair of Duluth and Ammesmaki.
Love was released at the time of the incident because of his level of cooperation.
Jeff pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Dec. 19, 2012, and was sentenced Jan. 16, 2013. A three-year prison sentence was stayed for three years of probation under numerous conditions. Jeff was also sentenced to serve nine months local confinement with credit for 123 days already served.
St. Clair, who was also tried as an adult, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree aggravated assault and he is scheduled for sentencing July 29.
Ammesmaki was also sentenced on Monday to 15 months in prison (to be served concurrently with the other case) for felony terroristic threats in relation to an incident that occurred on May 3, 2013. The sentence was stayed for three years, and Ammesmaki will remain on probation during that time. He was also sentenced to 90 days of local confinement for each of several charges, including misdemeanor fourth-degree damage to property, misdemeanor consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The terms will be served concurrently.
In that incident, a man contacted authorities saying Ammesmaki had threatened to assault and shoot him after allegedly following him and yelling obscenities at him near the Fond du Lac housing complex. According to the complainant, Ammesmaki continued to chase after him and threatened to kill him and his family. The man told police that he was especially fearful of Ammesmaki because he claimed Ammesmaki is a known member of the Native Mob.
Also on Monday, Ammesmaki was sentenced to 90 days of local confinement (to be served concurrently with the other case) for underage drinking and driving in relation to an incident that occurred on Jan. 13, 1013.