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Cromwell man charged as adult in assault,burglary case

A 17-year-old Cromwell man pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon on Monday after being certified as an adult in Carlton County Court.

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Skyler Roy Hakala was charged in relation to an incident where he and Waylon James Bosto Jr., 22, of Cloquet allegedly broke into an apartment and reportedly assaulted, robbed and threatened the two residents, along with their young child. Charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery, and first-degree assault resulting in great bodily harm would be dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

The presumptive sentence for the two counts would be 36 months and 42 months, respectively, which would be stayed for five years, according to the agreement. Hakala would be given credit for the time he has already served as a juvenile and be ordered to serve one year at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center.

He is set for sentencing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 2.

Bosto also appeared in court on Monday for an initial appearance/Rule 8 hearing. He is now set for an omnibus hearing at 9 a.m. June 18.

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler stated last week that his office is expecting some additional investigative reports that could shed light on potential new defendants in the case as well.

According to the complaint filed in the case, Cloquet Police officers responded to the report of an assault in the 400 block of Eighth Street at approximately 2:30 p.m. on May 23, where the two people living at the address claimed two men they knew had broken into their apartment and threatened them and their young infant. Reportedly, the intruders had broken into the victims’ apartment wearing masks and wielding a metal baseball bat and metal rod.

During the assault that followed, the male victim was allegedly struck on the head multiple times and then knocked unconscious, falling back onto a couch where he began to convulse and chew on his tongue, injuring it severely. Officers noted he had extensive injuries to his torso and head, as though he had been beaten by an object or weapon.

Bosto and Hakala then reportedly demanded money from the female resident as she held her young infant in her arms, taking all the money she had, which amounted to some $80.

Bosto and Hakala then ransacked the apartment, breaking many items and stealing approximately $3,000 worth of electronic equipment and other items before fleeing the scene and later being apprehended by authorities.