Willmar man sentenced to prison for armed robbery
WILLMAR — A Willmar man is serving prison time for his role in a burglary and armed robbery in July at a Kandiyohi home.
Lateef Deondra Mahaffey, 22, was sentenced last week in Kandiyohi County District Court to 45 months in prison. He was given credit for more than nine months already served in jail. State records show he is in custody at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.
In April, Mahaffey had pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. Eight other felonies were dismissed at his sentencing under a plea agreement.
Under state law, a prisoner must serve two-thirds of a sentence in custody and may serve the remaining third on supervised release.
According to court records, Mahaffey and two other men entered a Kandiyohi home July 10 and proceeded to steal cash and phones from the residents. Mahaffey was accused of pointing a gun at two men and saying, "Give me all your money."
One suspect struck one of the men in the home multiple times in the face before taking his wallet and iPhone, which had a combined value of more than $3,000.
The other unidentified suspect grabbed another man and threw him across a coffee table and into a TV. Mahaffey and the suspects took that man's watch and his Xbox, with a combined value of $700.
The suspects forced the men to go upstairs where they were ordered to open a safe. One suspect held a knife to a man's throat and put his gun to the man's forehead.
When a female resident arrived, two of the suspects fled, but Mahaffey remained behind. He pointed his gun at one of the men and took the woman's purse, which contained her phone. The phone and contents of the purse were estimated to be worth more than $900.
Court records indicate that Mahaffey has multiple adjudications of delinquency and convictions for theft, as well as a prior conviction for a harassment restraining order violation and fifth-degree assault.