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region Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Two people have been sentenced for a pair of armed home invasions in October 2008 that left one man with a gash in his head.

William Gilbert Romo, 36, of Ottertail, and his girlfriend, Bethany Lynn Kruse, 22, of Menahga, were sentenced to 111 months and 41 months in prison respectively for breaking into two Sebeka-area homes armed with guns.

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Around 3:50 a.m. on Oct. 9, Romo and Kruse, along with two other men, broke into a home on 181st Avenue in Sebeka. The home's occupants, a man in a wheelchair and his then-1-year-old daughter, were guarded at gunpoint while two others went through dresser drawers, looking for items to steal, according to Wadena County court records. The group reportedly stole five rifles, a handgun with a holster, a BB gun, a pellet gun, a yellow tackle box with shells and ammunition and $53 in cash.

The attack was the second by the group, who had struck the night before at Kruse's ex-boyfriend's house. The occupant there was hit in the head by one of the masked assailants, which opened a gash in his head. His father stitched up the wound. Another man, who was at the apartment, was also attacked.

According to court records, Kruse admitted she and Romo, along with Andrew Thomas St. Michael and Zachary Scott Eide, committed the two home invasions and had taken drugs as well as items from the homes.

Romo was sentenced on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge and a second-degree assault charge. Kruse was sentenced for aiding and abetting a first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault.

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