A.L. woman pleads guilty to aiding in Sept. robbery

Published 10:56 am Tuesday, December 1, 2015

An Albert Lea woman pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to aiding and abetting simple robbery in connection with September’s strong-armed robbery at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Front Street in Albert Lea.

Corissa Jo Freeman, 19, was the alleged driver of the vehicle used to flee the scene.

According to court documents, the alleged victim said a juvenile had jumped him from behind. He later told Albert Lea Police Department Detective Ben Mortensen that the juvenile ran behind him, punched him in the head and tackled him to the ground. The juvenile then reportedly took his backpack. The alleged victim said he then pursued the juvenile and tackled him in an effort to get his backpack.

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A second juvenile reportedly got out of the blue Mini Cooper, grabbed the backpack and threw it into the car. The second juvenile then reportedly began to kick the victim in the head.

Freeman reportedly dropped off her three passengers at Burger King, according to court records.

Freeman faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Under sentencing guidelines, she faces a recommended sentence of up to 10 years probation and an 18-month stayed prison sentence, according to Assistant Freeborn County Attorney David Walker.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 18.

According to Freeborn County District Court records, others involved identified Aaron Alexander Atchison, 19, as having participated in the Sept. 17 incident. He was reportedly in the back passenger seat on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Atchison pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting simple robbery in an Alford plea Nov. 5.

Atchison faces sentencing Dec. 10.

Atchison also allegedly assaulted the victim.

The alleged victim’s backpack was turned in by a passerby. The backpack was reportedly empty. The alleged victim told police he had cash, clothing, a wallet and a student ID in the backpack.

The alleged victim, a 17-year-old Albert Lea boy, was taken on a backboard to the emergency room.

Two juveniles are also facing charges in juvenile court.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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