RED WING — A St. Paul man who was part of a violent home invasion and was caught on an ignition interlock device camera at the scene of the crime was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison.
Terrell Reese Schaeffer, 30, was sentenced by Judge Doulas Bayley in Goodhue County District Court to two consecutive 54-month prison terms. On a third charge, Bayley sentenced Schaeffer to a third 54-month prison term but that time is to be served concurrent with the others.
Schaeffer pleaded guilty in June to felony first-degree burglary–possession of a dangerous weapon and two counts of felony first-degree aggravated robbery, according to court records.
Schaeffer was charged with a total of 10 felonies in relation to the May 21, 2018, incident.
Another man, Aldray Devon Young, 33, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty in Goodhue County District Court to two counts of aggravated robbery and a count of burglary. He was sentenced by Judge Douglas Bayley to two consecutive sentences of 54 months in state prison and one concurrent sentence of 48 months, according to court.
The couple who were robbed at gunpoint in their Cannon Falls home were present for the sentencing and spoke to Bayley before he handed down his sentenced.
Wanda Carlstrom said Schaeffer and Young “stole our mental well being and humanity” and now when someone they don’t recognize walks up to the door, she grabs a phone and her husband grabs a handgun for fear of another home invasion.
Her husband, William Carlstrom, was assaulted by Schaeffer and Young when they forcefully entered the home. He told the judge he is “frustrated” and “angry” by the court proceedings.
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office was called around 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.
A laptop and a substantial amount of cash were taken as well as multiple guns. The two men left in sedan and went west on Goodhue County Road 19.
In June, deputies received a tip that Young drove a car that matched the description of the car described in the home robbery, and that Young lived in St. Paul, according to court documents. Coordinating with other law enforcement agencies in the Twin Cities, deputies were able to track down the car and eventually had it towed and placed into evidence so a search warrant could be conducted on the car.
Inside the car, deputies found an ignition interlock device that takes a photo and records the location every time the device is used. After getting a search warrant for the data, deputies were able to get multiple photos of Schaeffer behind the wheel in Cannon Falls on the day of the robbery, according to court documents. Photos also allegedly showed Schaeffer in the driveway of the victim’s home with a passenger.