Man pleads guilty to weapon charge

Published 11:40 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2009

One of the two Austin men facing assault charges and weapons violations after allegedly beating a 25-year-old man unconscious in July pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one of his charges in Freeborn County District Court.

According to court records, Gilo Otor Gilo, 18, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm not identified by a serial number, in exchange for having a second-degree assault charge dismissed.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2010.

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Gilo was scheduled to appear for a contested omnibus hearing Wednesday; however, he waived that hearing and instead entered a petition to enter the guilty plea.

His charges stem from a July 12 incident at 2009 S.E. Marshall St. in Albert Lea.

According to court records, Gilo reportedly pulled a handgun on a 25-year-old man while a second man, Kim James Gatluak, 20, kicked and beat the victim. Witnesses told authorities Gilo pointed the gun when he was by his car and then again when he was backing up and trying to leave in the car.

The handgun seized had its serial number scratched off of it, and Gilo had no permit to carry the handgun.

Co-defendant Gatluak pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in connection the case, but failed to appear for his sentencing in Oct. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

In a separate incident in September, Gilo was arrested in Austin for allegedly attacking a woman with a bottle. He faces two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm in that case.

Gilo’s local charge of possessing a firearm not identified by a serial number carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.