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Red Lake man pleads guilty to assault, burglary charges

A 48-year-old Red Lake man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to using a machete in an assault and to multiple burglary charges.

Robin Greg Kelly Sr. pleaded guilty to two counts of felony first-degree burglary and one count of felony assault with a dangerous weapon. Kelly entered his plea Thursday in St. Paul before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle. Kelly was indicted April 8.

According to Kelly's plea agreement, he admitted that on Dec. 22, 2007, he entered the residence of his estranged wife and assaulted her, a press release from U.S. Attorney Frank J. Magill states. Then on April 2, Kelly again entered the woman's residence and assaulted her by running after her with a machete and cutting her finger.

According to a FBI affidavit, during the early morning of April 2, officers were called to a residence regarding an alleged assault. Kelly had kicked in a door and had proceeded to threaten three women with a machete. Following a struggle, all three women were able to escape.

Kelly, however, remained in the home, where he engaged in a standoff with authorities. He eventually surrendered.

Kelly faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each of the burglary counts and 10 years on the assault count.

Kyle will determine Kelly's sentence at a future date.

The case is the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Police Department and the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tricia A. Tingle.