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St. Cloud man gets prison time for knifepoint robbery in Willmar

WILLMAR -- Devin Delbert Donald Blom, 21, of St. Cloud and formerly of Cosmos, was sentenced Thursday to 75 months in prison and ordered to pay $11,868 in restitution on a first-degree burglary charge for the July 8 robbery of a man at his rural Willmar home.

As part of a plea agreement reach-ed in Kan-diyohi Cou-nty District Court, five other felony charges for burglary, theft and aggravated robbery and assault, plus a misdemeanor charge for damage to property, were dismissed. Blom was given credit for 121 days already served and ordered to pay a $50 fine and the restitution from his prison earnings.

Blom is also facing felony charges in Meeker County for drug sale and possession and fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle. He is the man law enforcement officers searched for in a cornfield in late August west of Grove City. His next appearance on those charges is Jan. 13.

The charges were filed after a man called law enforcement around 7:30 a.m. July 8 and said that he had just been robbed at his home along U.S. Highway 71 south of Willmar.

The man said he had heard tapping on a window pane around 6:30 a.m., but fell back to sleep. He woke up about 30 minutes later to find someone crouching in the hallway just outside of his bedroom door. The person jumped him and pulled a blanket over his head. The man said the person demanded money, jewelry, guns and shells.

The man and the burglar fought and the burglar found a knife in a drawer and held it to the man's throat, demanding that he open a safe where coins and books were stored. The man complied and the burglar took about $11,500 worth of coins.

Officers found that entry to the home was gained through a kitchen window and were able to lift fingerprints from the window frame. The prints were matched by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to Blom. The homeowner also identified Blom in a photo lineup.