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April 1, 2014

Man sentenced to 19 years for area burglaries

WASECA — A Minneapolis man caught stealing from a Waseca County home while armed last April has been sentenced to 19 years in federal prison.

Carl Larson, 48, was charged with four felonies: first-degree burglary with a deadly weapon, two counts of receiving stolen property and fifth-degree drug possession.

The charges were all bumped up to felonies because he was charged under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, which allows longer sentences for crimes committed by people convicted three or more times of felonies. Larson has several prior felony convictions, including burglaries and second-degree murder in a 1985 Hennepin County case.

Larson pleaded guilty in August. His attorney asked for the minimum sentence, alleging Larson was physically, emotionally and sexually abused during his childhood.

He was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison and 60 months of supervised release.

According to the complaint, Larson was caught inside the house when the residents returned and found both the garage door window broken and an unfamiliar car in the driveway.

Police also charged Larson with burglaries in Le Sueur County near Cleveland, which included the theft of firearms and $70,000 in jewelry.

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