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Man pleads guilty in Montevideo burglary, robbery

Jawaanza Jones

WILLMAR — One of the men charged with multiple felonies for threatening a Montevideo man and robbing him at gunpoint has pleaded guilty to one felony.

Jawaanza Osayande Kiambu Jones, 25, of St. Cloud, pleaded guilty May 10 to a felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Other charges will be dismissed at sentencing under a plea agreement.

He will be sentenced June 12. In the plea agreement, a five-year prison sentence is suggested. According to court files, Chippewa County had intended to seek an aggravated sentence of 20 years had he gone to trial because of his criminal history.

The felony charges to be dismissed include three first-degree burglary charges and one count each of aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Jones and Kenneth Nathanial Roundtree, 21, of Franklin, were accused in the crime. Roundtree was in court Monday, and his next court date is May 21.

The two were accused of entering a man's home in Montevideo on April 29, pointing guns at him and threatening him.

According to the criminal complaint, friends who were helping the man with renovations told authorities they saw him drive away without saying goodbye. One of them called 911. Several people gave similar descriptions of the two men.

The alleged victim told authorities he thought he was going to die when Roundtree and Jones ordered him out of his house at gunpoint.

According to court files, Jones and Roundtree allegedly threatened the man with handguns while he drove them to their vehicle, and then they went through his cash. They demanded cash from his wallet, more than $2,000. They also stole a video game and an iPhone.

The alleged victim said the men told him they knew where he lived and referred to his child, which terrified him.

Using descriptions from witnesses, Clara City police officers found the vehicle later at a truckstop at the intersection of state Highways 7 and 23. Officers spoke with Roundtree and Jones in the restaurant while Chippewa County sheriff's deputies secured their vehicle parked at a gas pump.

When the vehicle was searched with a warrant, authorities found two handguns and the Playstation, iPhone and wallet reported stolen earlier.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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