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20-year-old Cosmos man is sentenced for Atwater burglaries, vandalism to golf course

WILLMAR -- A Cosmos man has been sentenced for his role in burglarizing and damaging two Atwater businesses in October.

Damon Dwight Wiederhoft, 20, of Cosmos, received a stay of imposition of sentence, which means his felony conviction may be reduced to a misdemeanor on his record if all sentencing conditions are met.

Wiederhoft had pleaded guilty to liability for crimes of another - third-degree burglary and third-degree burglary in May in Kandiyohi County District Court. Five other felony charges and a misdemeanor were dismissed in a plea agreement. Wiederhoft is one of three young men charged in the crimes, a burglary at Atwater Ag and a break-in at the Island Pines Golf Course pro shop -- both reported on Oct. 16.

At Atwater Ag, a fax machine and calculator were damaged, and candy, a briefcase and a camera were stolen. Damage was estimated at more than $2,000.

At the golf course, two golf carts were driven into a creek and two others were found at other locations. Total damage was estimated at $4,062. The pro shop had been ransacked, and a printer, computer and cash register were damaged. Damage there was estimated at $4,430. Other items were also stolen from the club.

Judge Michael Thompson ordered Wiederhoft to serve 90 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail, with credit for 15 days already served. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court fees and to serve five years of supervised probation.

He was ordered to pay $11,879 in restitution, to be paid jointly with the other two men already sentenced for their part in the incidents.

Linda Vanderwerf

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