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Cloquet man pleads guilty to robbing kids of shoes, cell phone


Wendy Johnson

A Cloquet man admitted in Carlton County Court last Wednesday to robbing two boys of their shoes, cell phone and wallets on Aug. 18.

Cody Logan Fohrenkam, 21, pleaded guilty to one felony count of simple robbery before Judge Dale Wolf as part of a plea agreement. In return, both attorneys recommended a dispositional departure from the 39-month sentencing guideline, asking that Fohrenkam instead serve nine months with credit for time already served.

In subsequent questioning, Fohrenkam admitted it was his idea to stop the car in which he and two companions were riding along Doddridge Avenue near Washington School the day of the incident, though he said the other two tried to talk him out of it. He further admitted to approaching two juvenile boys ages 14 and 15 who were walking down the street. He demanded the boys turn over the personal property in their pockets as well as the shoes they were wearing and threatened physical harm if the teenagers did not comply. The boys turned over their tennis shoes, a cell phone and their wallets, which later ended up in the bushes.

Judge Wolf asked Fohrenkam how and why the items ended up in the bushes.

“I had no use for them,” replied Fohrenkam.

“Then why did you take them in the first place?” said Wolf.

“I was under the influence of alcohol,” replied Fohrenkam.

Fohrenkam also appeared Wednesday on a probation violation as part of a review hearing for a previous crime. He was convicted of second-degree arson on Jan. 9, receiving a stayed sentence and being placed on three years of supervised probation.

“Were you aware that your mother wrote a letter to your probation agent at that time regarding your ability to straighten your life out?” Wolf posed to Fohrenkam, who replied he had no knowledge of the letter. “Her confidence in you was misplaced, since you obviously did not remain law abiding.”

Judge Wolf ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled Fohrenkam for a sentencing date of Jan. 22, 2014, at 9 a.m. He will appear on the probation violation at the same time. Until then, he will remain in custody and Wolf ruled he was not subject to bail due to the probation violation.

The man who accompanied Fohrenkam at the time of the robbery, Kamal Jamalludin Fardan, 21, pleaded guilty earlier this fall to aiding and abetting simple robbery in Carlton County Court during a settlement hearing.

 “His involvement was pretty minimal,” said defense attorney Joanna Wiegert at the time, noting that Fardan doesn’t have much criminal history as well.

Fardan is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 19, 2014, at 9 a.m.


Fohrenkam’s criminal record includes 2010 charges of felony fifth-degree drug possession, felon in possession of a firearm and several less serious charges in Hennepin County. In Carlton County, he pleaded guilty to second-degree arson in January of this year and was sentenced to 23 months in prison, a sentence the judge stayed and placed Fohrenkam on three years’ probation instead.

Fardan’s criminal record includes felony theft of a vehicle in Hennepin County; he also has two “minor consumption of alcohol” charges and several trespassing charges.

Pine Journal Editor Jana Peterson contributed to this story.