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Moorhead man pleads guilty to two felonies in Lake Lillian burglary

WILLMAR -- Andrei Kevin Russell, 23, of Moorhead, formerly of St. Cloud, pleaded guilty Friday to multiple felony charges for his alleged role in a home burglary in rural Lake Lillian.

Russell pleaded guilty to an amended second-degree burglary charge and a felony for theft Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court. As part of a plea agreement, seven felonies and a gross misdemeanor related to possession of an assault weapon, theft and receiving stolen property were dismissed.

He was released on his personal recognizance until his Feb. 27 sentencing. Until then, Russell must report to a probation officer and avoid the victims of the alleged crime and their homes.

Russell was one of three people charged for the alleged burglary of a rural Lake Lillian home.

Destinee Nicole Abrego, 21, of St. Cloud pleaded guilty Jan. 5 to an amended charge of second-degree burglary and felony theft for her role in the burglary. Dawn Jean Meyer, 34, of Kerkhoven, faces eight felony charges and was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Monday.

Juanel Anthony Mikulak, 20, of Kerkhoven, was sentenced Dec. 8 to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, a $50 fine and $150 in restitution on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. Ten felony charges against Mikulak were dismissed Sept. 15 by Judge Michael J. Thompson for lack of probable cause.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called on the evening of June 11 to a rural Lake Lillian home. The residents reported the home burglarized while they were at work. Several rooms were ransacked. A stereo, video game system, game cartridges, computer, four long guns, a handgun, five knives, a sewing machine and a jar of coins and bills were reported missing.

Pry marks were observed on the back door and tire tracks were visible at the scene. A small clock bore a noticeable thumbprint and was taken as evidence.

The homeowners suspected Meyer of the burglary. She is the ex-girlfriend of the deceased brother of one of the homeowners. Meyer and the homeowner had previously argued over a jar of change missing from the home and $10 she borrowed from the homeowner's son.

According to the complaint, Meyer called relatives of one of the homeowners and asked if they were working. She said she wanted to repay the $10. The homeowners were later informed of the call and returned home to find their house burglarized.

Officers executed a search warrant June 17 at the Meyer residence in Kerkhoven where they recovered a binocular set, three DVDs and five PlayStation II games said to have been taken from the Lake Lillian home. Police also determined that Mikulak also lived at the residence. Other stolen items were recovered at a Willmar apartment where Russell and Abrego lived. The complaint states the PlayStation II system, 12 games and a CD stereo system were pawned June 13 and that the items were recovered July 2 at a St. Cloud pawn shop.

Staff writer Gretchen Schlosser contributed to this report.