Man sentenced on weapons charge

Published 4:57 pm Monday, February 8, 2010

One of the two Austin men charged with assault charges and weapons violations related to the beating of a 25-year-old man last year was sentenced to his lesser charge on Monday in Freeborn County District Court.

In December, 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.

In court Monday, District Court Judge Steve Schwab sentenced Gilo to a stayed term of 12 months and one day for the weapons violation. In addition, Gilo will be on probation for up to five years and must complete a cognitive skills program, an anger management class and a psychological evaluation.

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He must also provide a DNA sample and get a full-time job or become a full-time student, among other requirements. He will get credit for 68 days already spent in the Freeborn County jail.

“Stayed” means as long as Gilo adheres to the guidelines of probation, he will not have to serve additional time for this crime.

His charge stems from a July 12, 2009, incident at 2009 S.E. Marshall St. in Albert Lea.

According to court records, Gilo 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 to the case but failed to appear for his sentencing in October. 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.