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Wrobleski is sentenced to 3-plus years in prison for crime spree

OLIVIA -- A plea agreement reached Tuesday in Renville County spares Matthew Wrobleski the longer prison sentence the prosecution originally sought, but it tacks on up to 15 years of probation during which he could be sent back to prison for any infractions.

District Judge Randall Slieter sentenced Matthew Wrobleski, 39, previously of Olivia and Willmar, to 92 months in prison for conviction on a charge of felon in possession of a gun. It's the charge that carried the most severe penalty from a crime spree in Renville County in the summer of 2011.

The judge stayed execution of the 92-month sentence, but ordered that Wrobleski serve a total of 39 months in prison for second-degree burglary and motor vehicle theft convictions. The time can be served concurrently -- at the same time, rather than one after the other -- with a 39-month Meeker County sentence and 24-month Kandiyohi county sentence he is currently serving at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake.

Wrobleski had served 381 days in prison as of the sentencing, and was given credit for the time.

The judge also required that Wrobleski serve up to 15 years on probation after his release from prison. Any infractions would result in the execution of the remainder of the prison sentence.

The court also ordered that he pay restitution to victims, but the amount must yet be determined. He is responsible for $3,194 in restitution for the vehicle theft charge and will be paying a portion of $18,648 in restitution for the burglary in which other accomplices are also charged.

Restitution was not sought in the burglary and theft charges previously dismissed when Wrobleski had pleaded to the charges for which he is now sentenced. Insurance payments had compensated the victims in the cases, according to Renville County Assistant Attorney Laurence Stratton.

Wrobleski had previously pleaded guilty to charges of motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, and felon in possession of a gun. The prosecution had sought a possible 71-month prison sentence, but it would not have included any probation.

In approving the plea agreement, Judge Slieter cited Wrobleski's remorse as well as the belief that he was more likely to make restitution and be law-abiding if the lengthy probation was required.

He also noted that Wrobleski, who has a lengthy criminal history, was a career criminal. That finding was important to the 39-month sentence he must serve for Renville County. The sentence represents 33 months for the burglary conviction and a six-month sentence -- to be served consecutively, or one after the other -- for the motor vehicle theft. The sentence reflects an "upward dispositional departure," a sentence that is more severe than that recommended by sentencing guidelines.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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