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Duluth man sentenced for role in Cloquet handgun incident

One of the Duluth men involved in threatening people with a handgun in a Cloquet home on Sixth Street has been sentenced for his role in the crime. Dwayne McClendon Jr., 24, pleaded guilty in late November to an amended count of aiding and abetti...

One of the Duluth men involved in threatening people with a handgun in a Cloquet home on Sixth Street has been sentenced for his role in the crime.

Dwayne McClendon Jr., 24, pleaded guilty in late November to an amended count of aiding and abetting the felony theft of a controlled substance and had charges of felony first degree aggravated robbery and two counts of felony assault in the second degree dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

He was sentenced Monday to three years' commitment to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, all of which was suspended. McClendon will be on supervised probation for three years and serve 120 days in jail, but will be released after 80 days for good behavior if warranted, according to District Judge Robert Macaulay.

According to the complaint:

McClendon, Cameron Eugene Adams and Kaley Marie Defoe allegedly entered a home on the 400 block of Sixth Street in Cloquet shortly before 1 a.m. on Nov. 2. They did not force their way in, but gained access because Defoe was related to one of the residents.

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Once inside, Defoe told one of the victims she was under the influence of a prescription drug while one of the men showed a bag of crack cocaine to one of the victims. A short time later, one of the victims told officers that Adams and McClendon said to each other, "Do you think we can get away with it? Do you think we can still do this?"

As one of the victims walked near Adams, he pulled a handgun out, pointed it at the man's stomach and threatened to kill him. The victim managed to push Adams away, but Adams reportedly cocked the gun and jammed it against the victim's head while the other defendants stood nearby. Adams then pointed the gun at the others in the residence, said he was going to shoot them and demanded money.

As one of the victims tried to call 911, Defoe reportedly punched the individual in the head and grabbed the phone, telling them to "give him what he wants."

The main victim was able to break free after a struggle and ran outside while Adams ran upstairs and reportedly stole two rings belonging to the resident, along with the keys to the resident's vehicle.

During this time, a young child was sleeping in the house and one of the victims had gone into the bedroom and locked the door to protect the child.

The defendants left after taking the items and were arrested later that day by Duluth police during a traffic stop.

No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

The court cases against alleged accomplices Adams and Defoe are still in process.

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