Defendant to serve prison time for crime spree
OLIVIA -- A defendant who had eluded law officers while on a crime spree last summer has pleaded guilty.
Matthew James Wrobleski, 38, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday in District Court in Olivia to felony charges of illegal possession of a firearm; second-degree burglary; and motor vehicle theft.
The charges were among 14 filed against him in Renville County. He also faces charges in Meeker and Kandiyohi counties for offenses ranging from motor vehicle theft to check forgery.
In Renville County, the charge of a felon possessing a firearm was the most serious and carries the longest possible sentence.
Renville County Assistant Attorney Laurence Stratton said he will be asking the court to sentence Wrobleski to serve 48 months in prison as part of a 92-month overall sentence. Wrobleski could be required to serve the remaining 44 months in prison if he were to reoffend.
Stratton said that as part of his plea, Wrobleski agreed to make restitution to his victims for all of the offenses originally charged against him. The county wants to be sure that victims are reimbursed for any losses not covered by their insurance, according to Stratton.
The amount of restitution is yet to be determined, but will be in the tens of thousands of dollars. The burglary to which he pleaded guilty involved a residence south of Bird Island where copper wire was ripped from the building. Wrobleski was also accused of stealing a number of vehicles in the three counties, including a pickup truck, utility vehicle and all-terrain vehicle in Renville County. Most of the vehicles he is accused of stealing were totaled.
Wrobleski was arrested Sept. 18 in Meeker County after an intensive search by law officers from multiple jurisdictions. He has been in custody since.
The defendant has prior convictions for assault, burglary and possession of controlled substances.
The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and sentencing is expected in late June or early July.