The first of three men suspected of mugging people in Blaine and Spring Lake Park this past November was sentenced March 20 in Anoka County District Court.
Torrie Vidal Bingham, 19, was given credit for 133 days already served in jail, but not ordered to serve any more time behind bars for conviction on two felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.
Bingham must also complete 40 hours of community service within one year, earn a high school diploma or a GED within 18 months, and maintain employment or demonstrate he is actively seeking it. He will be on probation for 10 years. His victims could also seek restitution, but must apply for it through the court within 60 days of sentencing, according to court records.
Bingham, Kenyatta Devine Buckles, 19; and Ezekiel John Miller, 18, were all accused of mugging three men in Spring Lake Park and Blaine the evening of Nov. 7, 2013. The Anoka County Attorney’s Office charged each of them with three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.
According to the criminal complaint, a man walking on a service road along Highway 10 in Spring Lake Park had a shotgun pointed at him. He was told to lie on the ground. His wallet was stolen and he was hit several times with the butt of the gun. Another man was pulled off his scooter while waiting at a traffic light at Able Street and 87th Lane in Blaine. He was also struck several times with the gun before his cellphone and $67 cash were stolen. Another Blaine man had the shotgun put to his head while he was checking his mail. The robbers left after he insisted he had no valuables on him.
Bingham and Buckles on Feb. 11 pleaded guilty to two counts with the understanding that the third similar charge would be dismissed at sentencing. Buckles will be sentenced May 27. Miller has not made a plea on this case and is next scheduled for jury trial May 5, according to court records.
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