Sentencing delayed for burglar

Published 6:55 pm Monday, March 29, 2010

Sentencing was delayed Monday for the 31-year-old Albert Lea man who pleaded guilty in February to first-degree burglary of a South Washington Avenue residence last July.

Joshua Quincy Hill will now be sentenced May 3, after the completion of a Minnesota Department of Corrections pre-sentence investigation. The investigation was ordered in February but was not completed in time for Hill’s court hearing Monday.

Hill was arrested July 16, 2009, after police received a call of a 33-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman who were reportedly held at gunpoint at 709 S. Washington Ave.

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According to court documents, Hill allegedly forced his way into their apartment, pointed a gun at both the woman and the man, and later requested their money.

Police tracked down the Malibu that Hill fled in and arrested him. He has since been in the Freeborn County jail.

In a plea agreement entered in February, Hill pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary, in exchange for having six other counts dropped at sentencing.

He was originally charged with one count of aggravated robbery, three counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of illegal possession of a short-barreled shotgun related to the incident.

The Freeborn County Attorney’s Office and Hill’s lawyer are recommending a 78-month prison sentence.