38-year-old Matthew James Wrobleski of Willmar pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge and was sentenced to 39 months in prison Tuesday in Meeker County District Court.
The West Central Tribune reports the Meeker County charges were the last in a series of criminal complaints filed against Wrobleski after a weeks-long, multi-county crime spree. The case included four felony charges stemming from his capture by law enforcement on Sept. 18, 2011.
Three charges for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, obstructing the legal process and property damage were dismissed by District Judge Steven Drange. Wrobleski was given credit for time served since Sept. 18, 2011, and ordered to pay a $50 fine and $267.18 in restitution.
Wrobleski is already serving a 24-month sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake on a felony check forgery charge in Kandiyohi County and is awaiting sentencing in Renville County on motor vehicle theft, burglary and felon in possession of gun charges. A Sept. 19 hearing has been set in the Renville County case for a jury to consider whether or not aggravating factors exist in that case.
According to the Meeker County charges and a news release from Sheriff Jeff Norlin, Wrobleski was captured after a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle along state Highway 15 south of Kingston. Law enforcement officers, including Meeker County sheriff’s deputies, deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota state troopers and a Wright County K-9 handler, located Wrobleski in a swamp near where he left the stolen pickup.