The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 23, 2013

Suspect catches himself redhanded

By Josh Moniz

---- — GAYLORD — A Gaylord man found that reporting a crime didn't do him much good for one important reason: He was the one who committed the crime.

Cody Servin, 24, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 10 days of sentence to service and five years of probation in Sibley County District Court last week after entering an Alford plea for a charge of second-degree burglary. An Alford plea is a guilty plea where the defendant does not admit guilt but admits sufficient evidence exists for a conviction.

The incident occurred Aug. 2 when Servin called the Gaylord police to report a break-in to his room at the Gaylord Motel and the theft of a television. Police arrived and determined he was intoxicated, according to the police report.

While police were investigating the scene, they were advised of a break-in at the adjacent apartment. The items determined to be missing from the other apartment were discovered in Servin's residence. A shoe print on the door of the apartment was determined to match the tread of Servin's shoe, according to the report. Additionally, blood was found at the scene and Servin reportedly had a cut on his hand.

Servin received a stay of adjudication for his Alford's plea. He will receive credit for 70 days already served on his jail sentence.