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Wanamingo men sentenced in church burglary

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Two Wanamingo men were each sentenced to five years of supervised probation for burglarizing a church and stealing a safe in March 2012. Michael James Johnson, 19, and Taylor Jay Rasmussen, 19, were sentenced Friday in Goodhue County District Court.

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Rasmussen also will pay a $375 fine and serve 10 days community work service. Johnson also will serve 10 days in Goodhue County Jail or 10 days sentence to service and pay a $175 fine.

According to similar court complaints filed Aug. 29, 2012, Rasmussen and Johnson broke into New Life Church in Wanamingo and took a safe from the pastor's office in March 2012.

Both men entered guilty pleas to felony second-degree burglary charges March 15, 2013. As a result, each had possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property charges dismissed.

During sentencing Friday, First Judicial District Judge Joseph Carter issued both Johnson and Rasmussen a stay of adjudication. That means that if they complete their sentences, the felony conviction will not go on their records.

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