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Redwood Falls man sentenced to nearly eight years in two 2020 burglaries in Renville County

Michael Shane Clemon, 43, of Redwood Falls, was sentenced recently n Renville County District Court to 95 months, with credit for 509 days served, in one burglary case. A 39-month sentence on the second case will be served concurrently.

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OLIVIA — A Redwood Falls man has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison in two 2020 burglaries committed over the July 4 holiday in Renville County.

Michael Shane Clemon, 43, was sentenced March 16 in Renville County District Court to 95 months in prison, with credit for 509 days served, in one burglary case. A 39-month sentence on the second case will be served concurrently.

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Michael Shane Clemon
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According to court records, Clemon pleaded guilty Jan. 19 to first-degree burglary — possession of a dangerous weapon related to the break-in and theft of multiple items from a home in Olivia on July 4, 2020.

According to the criminal complaint, homeowners who were gone for the day found items missing upon their return, including a gun safe containing five long guns and ammunition, a jar of change and a woman's wedding ring.

Blood found at the scene matched Clemon's DNA. Some of the guns were recovered from another man who said he had bought one and had been asked to clean others.

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Clemon also pleaded guilty Jan. 19 to second-degree burglary in a break-in and theft from Danube Auto Works between July 5 and July 6, 2020. The owner reported the damage the morning of July 6, 2020.

According to the criminal complaint in that case, Clemon used a starter motor as a tool to break a window and gain entry. He took vehicle keys inside and used a 2005 Chevy Silverado Duramax worth $19,000 to aid in the removal of additional items. The complaint details several tools stolen, totaling $15,000 in value.

The complaint states that fingerprints and DNA evidence were collected from the scene, and the Renville and Redwood county sheriff's offices interviewed witnesses along with other agencies. A search warrant led to the recovery of items from a Redwood County resident who bought them from Clemon.

In the Olivia burglary case, five other felony charges were dismissed — four charges of ineligible person in possession of firearm or ammunition and one charge of ineligible person in possession of ammunition.

In the Danube case, two felony theft charges were dismissed.

Under state law, offenders serve at least two-thirds of their sentences in custody and may serve the remaining time on supervised release.

According to the state Department of Corrections offender locator web page, Clemon's expected release date is February 2026.

He is in the Minnesota Correctional Facility — St. Cloud on the two Renville County burglary cases and a 2020 Redwood County drug conviction.

Susan Lunneborg is the news editor of the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. A journalist for more than 25 years, she has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Lunneborg can be reached at: slunneborg@wctib.com or 320-214-4343.
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