Moorhead man sentenced for 2020 robbery charge


A Moorhead, Minnesota, man has been sentenced to 48 months with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on one class B felony charge related to robbery.

Jonathan Masibulel Hieserich, 21, entered an amended guilty plea Monday, April 27 before Richland County District Court. Hieserich was charged with allegedly committing a theft and while in the possession of a firearm, threatening or menacing another with imminent bodily injury, Daily News previously reported.

Hieserich was given credit for 27 days served, court records state. In addition to his confinement with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, he was sentenced to five years probation.

A total of $775 in fees were waived. Hieserich was sentenced to pay $500 in restitution, records continue.

Judge Bradley Cruff presided. Attorney Don Krassin represented Hieserich. Richland County Assistant State’s Attorney Casey Moen represented the prosecution.

Hieserich’s charge related to an early morning incident on March 14, 2020, which was investigated by the police departments of Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota.

A juvenile contacted Hieserich about purchasing marijuana, Daily News previously reported. The two individuals previously attended the same school, according to court documents. Hieserich and two other males allegedly arrived in a vehicle and picked up the victim in Breckenridge before driving to Dakota Avenue, Wahpeton.

Hieserich asked for the victim’s cell phone. Once it was handed over, he allegedly told the victim the situation was not what the victim expected it was going to be.

Hieserich asked the victim for his pass code, which the victim refused to give, documents continue. Hieserich then allegedly pointed a black handgun at the victim’s face, demanding the pass code.

The victim estimated that the handgun was approximately three inches from his face. He revealed his pass code and the vehicle eventually traveled back into Breckenridge.

“(The victim) asked if the males were going to drop him off and someone replied: ‘No,’” documents continue. “(He) feared for his life, so he jumped from the vehicle as it was driving down the road.”

Hieserich and the other males allegedly drove off with the victim’s cell phone. It was identified by the victim as an iPhone 8 Plus with an estimated value of $500. The victim was transported to CHI St. Francis Health, Breckenridge, where police responded to the reported armed robbery.

In April, Hieserich was charged in Wilkin County District Court, Breckenridge, with six felony counts related to the incident. Daily News previously reported the charges:

• kidnapping to facilitate felony of flight

• kidnapping to commit great bodily harm/terrorize

• unlawful possession of a firearm

• false imprisonment with intentional restraint

• bringing stolen goods into Minnesota

• receiving stolen property

The maximum penalty for a class B felony is 10 years imprisonment, a $20,000 fine, or both. The minimum penalty is paying $750 in court costs.

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