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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Former students to face jail time

  • Barge, Moorer receive stayed 96-month sentences, each must serve 360 days for robbery
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  •     Two student-athletes at the University of Minnesota Crookston, who have since been dismissed from school, have entered guilty pleas in connection with a robbery last spring in the Woods Addition, and both are facing approximately one year of incarceration.    
        Anthony Glen "A.J." Barge, 22, and Joseph Moorer, 20, have both pleaded guilty to two of the four counts against them. They pleaded guilty to a charge of Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree and a charge of Burglary in the First Degree. Both Barge and Moorer were pre-sentenced to 96 months in prison, but the sentences will be. They will be placed on 10 years of supervised probation.    
        The actual sentencing date for Barge will be Dec. 9; Moorer is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 25. Their proposed sentences will remain as is unless other circumstances arise.    
        They will be required to serve 360 days at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston, or at another correctional facility of their choosing as long as it is at no cost to Polk County. They will also need to undergo a chemical use assessment, DNA testing, and will be subject to random searches and alcohol/drug testing. They will also be prohibited from using drugs or alcohol, possessing a firearm for their lifetimes unless their rights are restored by court order, and they must forfeit property seized by law enforcement.    
        Barge and Moorer will also have 100 hours of community service to complete within 12 months of their release from custody. They will need to pay restitution to all three victims, including "A.M.R." who missed her flight home due to the incident. There would have been a fine of $10,000 per count, but attorneys arrived at a fine of $5,000 each.    
        Barge's attorney is Trent Fischer and Moorer's attorney is Ken T. Duffy. As the agreement stands now, both Barge and Moorer will have charges of Second Degree Assault and Fifth Degree Drug Possession dismissed.    
        Barge and Moorer were arrested May 7, 2013 after they broke into a home on South Ash Street. Police were told that two African-American male suspects wearing black masks enter the dwelling at 431 South Ash and one pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun at a female victim (A.M.R.), while the other filled plastic garbage bags with cash, electronic game consoles, expensive footwear and clothing, and prescription medications. The two suspects then fled on foot. "They drove off in a silver Chrysler 200 with Georgia license plates," said a witness.    
        Police subsequently located a vehicle matching the description at on the UMC campus. Barge was brought to the Crookston Police Department for questioning and, soon after, Moorer was also located.
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