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Jordan Brede sentenced to 45 months in prison for multiple theft charges

WILLMAR — A Willmar man was sentenced Monday to 45 months in prison for a long list of felony theft and burglary charges for taking nearly $30,000 worth of items from farm sheds and garages in his rural Kandiyohi County neighborhood.

Jordan Anthony Brede, 23, cried in court Monday as he pledged to change his ways while in prison.

"I want to take this time to apologize to the community and victims of my crime," Brede said. "I truly am sorry for what I did."

Brede had been charged with 31 counts of felonies or lesser charges for stealing items over a two-month period within a five-mile radius in rural Kandiyohi County

Some of the items were pawned or sold on Facebook sell-and-swap sites.

Brede pleaded guilty to 13 charges and the rest were dismissed.

Judge Jennifer Fischer issues sentences for all the separate charges, which were spread out over nine individual cases, but the prison time will be concurrently.

Brede told the court he's struggled with mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions his entire adult life.

He said he was using meth while on his crime-spree.

"I wasn't myself when I did it," said Brede, saying he knows that's not an excuse for his actions.

"I hurt a lot of people," he said.

In the sentencing hearing Assistant County Attorney Aaron Welch said he's aware Brede has had a troubled life.

"The state isn't blind to that," Welch said.

But he said Brede was a "burglar in the night" and "so many people have been victimized" by him, which warranted the 45-month sentence.

Welch said an "entire township of Kandiyohi County residents were wondering 'who's next.'"

Besides the prison time, Brede was ordered to pay fines and restitution.

"This is your community," Fischer told Brede. "You owe it to him to pay them back and make changes."

Fischer said the victims, including several that were in the courtroom, need to know "you won't do this to anybody else."

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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