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Willmar man sentenced to 44 months for liquor store robbery

WILLMAR -- Miguel Gregorio Camarillo, 33, of Willmar, was sentenced Friday to 44 months in prison and a $50 fine on a felony charge of second-degree assault for robbing a Willmar liquor store he once worked at.

He was given credit for 97 days already served and ordered to pay his fine and any other court fines or restitution obligations with is his prison earnings.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony charge for first-degree aggravated robbery was dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar police officers and Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies responded to a panic alarm sounded at 9:10 p.m. Nov. 24 from Gerry's Liquors, 810 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

The store clerk and citizens in the area gave a description of the man and pointed out that he was hiding behind a vehicle a couple of blocks away. He was then taken into custody.

The store clerk said he knew Camarillo because he worked at the store about three months earlier.

He said while they struggled for control of the knife, Camarillo said he had a gun.

The clerk handed over the knife, made a positive identification of Camarillo and told officers the entire incident was recorded on video surveillance.