Montevideo burglar sentenced to a year in jail

MONTEVIDEO -- A summer-long burglary spree in Chippewa County has led to a stayed prison sentence and a one-year county jail term for a 21-year-old Montevideo man.

Joshua A. Nerison
Joshua A. Nerison

MONTEVIDEO - A summer-long burglary spree in Chippewa County has led to a stayed prison sentence and a one-year county jail term for a 21-year-old Montevideo man.

Joshua Albert Nerison was sentenced last week in Chippewa County District Court.

He was sentenced on four felony convictions, along with convictions on a handful of gross misdemeanor charges and more than a dozen misdemeanors.

In a plea agreement reached in November, Nerison pleaded guilty to 20 counts, and nearly 40 others were dismissed. Twenty separate cases were filed against him after his arrest in August 2018.

The felony convictions were for third-degree burglary and three counts of receiving stolen property.


On the third-degree burglary charge, he was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed for five years. He was ordered to spend five years on supervised release and to serve 365 days in the Chippewa County Jail. He received credit for 61 days already served in jail.

Under state law, he will be required to serve at least two-thirds of his sentence in the jail and the remainder on supervised release.

His probation includes a number of conditions, including using no alcohol or drugs unless prescribed, staying out of bars and liquor stores and participating in evaluations of his mental health and chemical use. He must write letters of apology to his victims

At sentencing, Nerison was ordered to pay $16,717 in restitution. Apparently, that amount could continue to grow as authorities have 30 days to set restitution amounts on all the cases.

The sentencing order says he will face "swift and certain consequences" for probation violations, with an arrest warrant issued immediately after a violation.

Sentences for the three convictions of receiving stolen property are similar and will be served concurrently.

Sentences for the gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors drew shorter jail terms, which will be served concurrently.

Montevideo police recovered thousands of dollars worth of items last year they said Nerison had taken from garages and sheds in the community beginning in May 2018. He was arrested Aug. 15. Some of the burglaries were not reported until the Police Department posted photos of recovered items on its Facebook page.


The recovered items included a collector's 1983 model Honda Moped, a three-wheel bicycle, and a Bose L1 model II speaker with base valued at $3,054. They also included a wide variety of tools, electronics, jewelry and other goods.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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