Final Teen Sentenced in Burglary Spree
Over eight months after his arrest, Spencer Knutson, 18, of Pine City learned his fate for his role in a series of burglaries of local bars. Knutson was sentenced, Friday, in Pine County Court to 120 days in jail.
Knutson pleaded guilty in March to to four counts of third degree burglary. The remainder of the charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. At his March appearance, Knutson admitted to being the “lookout” during an October 7th burglary at the Crickett Bar in Rock Creek. He also admitted to breaking into and taking merchandise, including video games and alcohol, and money from Maverick’s Bar, Ryders Bar, and the Village Inn.
Judge Krista Martin handed out the sentence. She also sentenced co-defendants Michael Schouveller and Derek Marihart. Martin told Knutson, Friday, “you put your community in fear.”
Knutson’s lawyer Douglas Kans told the court his client “realizes this was a stupid thing to get involved in.” He added that Knutson accepts responsibility for his actions and said he is confident his client “will look at this situation in 10 years and say what a knucklehead I was.”
Knutson told the court, “I’ve learned my lesson and will never do anything stupid again.”
Kans did request a staggered sentence, similar to the one given to co-defendent Kaitlyn Nosbush. Nosbush was sentence by Judge James Dehn in April. Martin denied the request.
Martin told Knutson, “you owe [the community] something by breaking our trust.”
Knutson, along with three other teens, all of whom have served jail time for the burglaries, are ordered to pay $5,967.82 in restitution to the Village Inn bar, $373.64 to the Time Out bar and $745.49 to Maverick’s bar.
Knutson must report to jail by May 25th. He is receiving credit for the 30 days he has already served.
Kans says Knutson intends to go back to school once he is done serving his time in jail. He also intends to pursue a career as an auto mechanic.