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Man sentenced to 41 months in prison for gunpoint robbery

WILLMAR -- Angel Guzman-Rodriguez, 20, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 41 months in prison for robbing a downtown Willmar business at gunpoint.

As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Guzman-Rodriguez and his co-defendant were ordered to pay $2,932 in restitution. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fine. He was given credit for 131 days already served in jail.

Under a plea agreement, a second-degree assault charge was dismissed.

Guzman-Rodriguez and Oscar Manuel Trochez-Martinez, 17, of Willmar, were both charged after the Nov. 13 incident. Trochez-Martinez has been certified as an adult on the same set of felony charges. His next appearance is May 17. A jury trial is scheduled May 20. Both men were arrested within eight hours of the incident. Rodriguez was still wearing the bright yellow shoes he wore during the robbery when he was picked up around 10 p.m. near Cash Wise Foods. When interviewed, he said he committed the robbery because he needed money for rent after being kicked out of his home.

Police discovered a Santa hat and other clothing items along the 400 block of Becker Avenue Southwest. Rodriguez said they had discarded the garments, which were used during the robbery, in that location. He also said he and Trochez-Martines split the money and hid the guns in the ceiling of an apartment.

Trochez-Martinez was taken into custody around 1:20 a.m. Nov. 14. He had $920 in $20 and $50 bills in his wallet.

A search warrant was served on his apartment and two carbon dioxide-powered BB guns were found in the ceiling. A total of $2,175 was located where Rodriguez had told officers he hid the money. When interviewed, Trochez-Martinez claimed he didn't know Rodriguez was going to rob the store. When informed by the officer that there was surveillance footage of the robbery, Trochez-Martinez said the robbery was Rodriguez's idea and that both men had entered the business with guns in hand.

He said he was given $1,600, adding the money discovered in his wallet was from the robbery. He also said he'd spent $600 from his share of the money on food and clothing.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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