Anoka man guilty of burglary

An Anoka man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge for breaking into a residence from which he was banned by court order.

Michael Leroy Farrell, 37, 2841 Cutters Grove St., Anoka, entered a guilty plea May 21 to an amended charge of second-degree burglary after originally being charged with first-degree burglary. He will be sentenced July 25. Bail was set at $10,000.

The night of March 11, Anoka Police responded to a Jefferson Street address from which a 911 call was made by a woman who reported that Farrell was knocking on the window, then she screamed that he had broken into the house, according to the complaint.

On arrival, police apprehended Farrell running from the residence and found a broken screen on a window where entry had been made.

Police also verified that there was a court order prohibiting Farrell was having any contact with the woman or her home.

In a statement, the woman said that Farrell broke a window to gain entry, then would not leave when she told him to until police arrived.

Farrell has a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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