MONTEVIDEO - Less than a week after his partner in crime was sent to prison, a 21-year-old Morton man has received a shorter sentence for threatening and robbing a Montevideo man.
Kenneth Nathanial Roundtree was sentenced Monday in Chippewa County District Court to 38 months in prison, with credit for 49 days already served in jail.
According to state law, prisoners must be incarcerated for at least two-thirds of their sentence and may serve the rest on supervised release.
Roundtree pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of second-degree burglary. Six other felonies were dismissed at sentencing.
Last week, Jawaanza Osayande Kiambu Jones, 25, of St. Cloud was sentenced to 60 months in prison and given credit for 44 days.
The men were accused of entering a Montevideo man's home April 29, pointing guns at him and threatening him.
According to the criminal complaint, friends who were helping the man with renovations called 911 after they saw him drive away without saying goodbye. Several people gave similar descriptions of the two men with him.
The victim told authorities he thought he was going to die when Roundtree and Jones ordered him out of his house at gunpoint.
Jones and Roundtree allegedly threatened the man with handguns while he drove them to their vehicle, and then they went through his car. They demanded cash from his wallet, more than $2,000. They also stole a video game and an iPhone.
The man said the two told him they knew where he lived and referred to his child, which terrified him, according to court records.
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.
In Roundtree's case, a judge ruled that some of the conversation in Clara City with law enforcement was not admissible because the men were not informed of their rights before answering questions.
After receiving a warrant, authorities found two handguns and the Playstation, iPhone and wallet reported stolen earlier.