WILLMAR -- Oscar Manuel Trochez-Martinez, 17, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 41 months in prison for robbing a downtown Willmar business at gunpoint.
As part of his sentence on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge, Trochez-Martinez was ordered to pay $2,932 in restitution, jointly with his co-defendant Angel Guzman-Rodriguez, 21, of Willmar. Guzman-Rodriguez was sentenced in March to 41 months in prison, also on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge.
As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony for second-degree assault was dismissed. Tro-chez-Martinez was given credit for 244 days served.
Trochez-Martinez was certified as an adult in the case.
The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 3:55 p.m. Nov. 13 to Quick Return Tax Service, 214 Third St. S.W., on a report that two Hispanic males had robbed the business at gunpoint.
A man there reported that one of the men had pointed a gun at him and taken between $3,000 and $5,000 from the cash register. He described the man as wearing a blue jacket, glasses, red Santa hat and bright yellow shoes. He said had very pronounced cheekbones and chin-length black hair. He said the other man, wearing a hooded jacket with the hood up, jeans and white shoes, had turned off the lights to the business and flipped the store "open" sign to "closed" during the robbery. Both men were arrested within eight hours of the incident. Guzman-Rodriguez was still wearing the bright yellow shoes he wore during the robbery when he was picked up around 10 p.m. near Cash Wise Foods. When interviewed, he said he committed the robbery because he needed money for rent after being kicked out of his home.
Police discovered a Santa hat and other clothing items along the 400 block of Becker Avenue Southwest. Guzman-Rodriguez said they had discarded the garments, which were used during the robbery, at that location. He also said he and Trochez-Martinez split the money and hid the guns in the ceiling of an apartment.
Trochez-Martinez was taken into custody around 1:20 a.m. Nov. 14. He had $920 in $20 and $50 bills in his wallet.
A search warrant was served on his apartment and two carbon dioxide-powered BB guns were found in the ceiling. A total of $2,175 was located where Guzman-Rodriguez had told officers he hid the money. When interviewed, Trochez-Martinez claimed he didn't know Guzman-Rodriguez was going to rob the store. When informed by the officer that there was surveillance footage of the robbery, Trochez-Martinez said the robbery was Guzman-Rodriguez idea and that both men had entered the business with guns in hand.
He said he was given $1,600, adding the money discovered in his wallet was from the robbery. He also said he'd spent $600 from his share of the money on food and clothing.