Man pleads guilty to downtown mugging

Published 6:03 am Friday, February 4, 2011

One of the three young men charged with the mugging of a downtown business owner in December pleaded guilty to his charge Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Adam Haas

Adam Ly Haas, 18, of Albert Lea, pleaded guilty to one felony count of simple robbery tied to the mugging of the owner of Adams Originals, 238 S. Broadway Ave., on Dec. 30.

The plea came as part of an agreement between his public defender Stephen Erickson and the Freeborn County Attorney’s Office.

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He is scheduled to be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. May 2.

The agreement recommends a probationary sentence of up to five years with Haas not having to serve any additional jail time. If he violates his probation, however, he could have to serve about two years in prison.

According to court documents, Haas is believed to be the actual perpetrator of the mugging, while his brother, Michael Haas, 20, and Shepperd Lawrence Robins-Priestley, 19, also of Albert Lea, reportedly aided and abetted.

Documents state the owner was working alone Dec. 30 when the three men reportedly walked in the store and began looking around.

The owner reportedly walked up to Adam Haas and asked if she could help them when he “grabbed her, pulled her forward, frightening her” and then reached into her side pocket and pulled out her checkbook, the court records continue.

The men fled after the incident and were later found by police in a truck in the alley near the Haas residence.

Ultimately, $95 in cash, a Visa card and checks were stolen.

After Adam Haas entered his plea Thursday, Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab approved the young man to be released from the jail on his own recognizance. He is to have no contact with the victim or be anywhere near her business or residence.

Schwab also ordered a waiver of extradition and stated Adam Haas cannot leave the state without prior approval, among other conditions.

Co-defendants Michael Haas and Robins-Priestley have both entered not guilty pleas in their cases.

They are scheduled for jury trials this month and next.