Accomplice in pizza-driver attack gets stayed sentence

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 29, 2002

An Albert Lea man, who was charged in connection with an assault on a pizza delivery person in May, received a stayed sentence Monday.

Jason Michael Sokolofsky, 19, of 314 Euclid Ave. pled guilty for an aiding and abetting robbery charge. Judge James Broberg sentenced him to one year and a day in prison with a stay of execution. Sokolofsky will be under probation up to five years and participate the sentence-to-serve (STS) program for 27 days. He would also be responsible for the restitution for which the victim is asking.

According to the criminal complaint, Sokolofsky drove a car to a spot near 106 West 11th St. in Albert Lea late on the night of May 20, where the assault took place. Juan Miguel Sanchez, 18, of 713 Jefferson Ave., and two juveniles from his car allegedly attacked the Domino’s Pizza delivery person, Nicholas Joseph Nesse, with an ax handle and robbed him of $16.10 and a pizza.

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The group allegedly ordered the pizza from a pay phone at a gas station on South Broadway in an attempt to ambush the delivery driver.

Nesse was injured on the right side of his head, temple and left eye, and was airlifted to a hospital in Rochester for a treatment. The complaint says that the assault inflicted a skull fracture and partial peripheral vision loss in Nesse’s left eye.

Sanchez has been asking a court trial.