The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a Minneapolis man who pleaded guilty to a violent Cannon Falls home invasion that “shocked and scared the community.”
The court of appeals ruled Monday that the district court acted appropriately when it sentenced Aldray Devon Young, 34, to two consecutive 54-month prison sentences.
Young was sentenced in July 2019 in Goodhue County District Court by Judge Douglas Bayley to two consecutive sentences of 54 months in state prison and one concurrent sentence of 48 months, according to court records.
Young pleaded guilty in May 2019 to two counts of aggravated robbery and a count of burglary for his involvement in a May 2018 home invasion. Seven other felonies charges were dismissed as part of the plea.
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office was called about 9 a.m. May 21, 2018, to the 29000 block of 90th Avenue Way in Cannon Falls Township for a report of a robbery that just occurred at the home.
The couple reported that two men rang their doorbell that morning and forced themselves into the home. One held the husband and wife at gunpoint while the other went through the house, according to a criminal complaint. The couple were taken to their home’s downstairs and tied up with a cellphone charger cord and some rope.
At the time of his sentencing, Young requested departures from the sentencing guidelines because his conduct was less serious than that of his accomplice, Terrell Reese Schaeffer, of St. Paul. Young also argued that he would be amenable to probation and said at his sentencing hearing that when he moved back to Minnesota, he reconnected with the wrong crowd and did not want to be involved in the robbery but was afraid to leave.
The district court denied the request stating the “incident shocked and scared the community,” and that the court did not see a reason to depart from sentencing guidelines because “the severity of the case far outweigh[ed] any amenability of Mr. Young to probation,” according to the appeals court decision.
The high court ruled the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying Young’s request for a durational departure and upheld the sentence.