The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 26, 2013

Plea revokes probation, adds prison time

By Dan Nienaber
dnienaber@mankatofreepress.com

---- — MANKATO — A Mankato teen who avoided facing an adult sentence with a plea agreement for a shooting in 2012 is now facing prison time for that crime after pleading guilty to another incident involving a weapon.

Anthony Ray Hildebrandt was 17 years old when he was in involved in a shooting incident outside an Allan Court residence in March 6, 2012. He reached a plea deal that placed him on probation in April 2012 after he was told the case could be moved into adult court after he turned 18.

The man who fired the gun during a confrontation with another group of men, 19-year-old Alexander Rapheal Marxen, was sentenced to more than six years in prison. An August appeals court ruling that said the judge made a mistake while calculating the sentence could reduce that sentence by nine months or more.

That incident started with a confrontation in front of the Smokes 4 Less store off Riverfront Drive. Groups were following each other in vehicles and a shot was fired near West High School before they drove to the Allan Court neighborhood. Marxen admitted to firing one bullet from a .22-caliber rifle over a man's head and into the crowded neighborhood of houses. No other weapons were found when the group was stopped by police after they left the scene, but Hildebrandt was charged for being involved in the shooting.

On Jan. 16, after being placed on probation, Hildebrandt was arrested again for arranging a drug deal with an informant. It turned out the drugs weren't real, but a felony charge of selling a simulated drugs was filed.

He was arrested again April 9, before the drug charge was resolved, for threatening another man with a handgun. The victim called police at about 11:30 p.m. to report he was parked in a vehicle in the 600 block of Madison Avenue when Hildebrandt pointed the gun at him. Police were in the area and responded quickly.

Hildebrandt, another man and a juvenile male were ordered out of their vehicle at gunpoint by those officers. A pellet gun was found inside.

A plea deal was reached earlier this week where Hildebrandt pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for the new gun incident and a felony charge for the drug incident. The deal requires Hildebrandt to not object to a probation revocation for the original shooting charge involving Marxen. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing hearing was scheduled for Nov. 12.

According to the plea agreement, Hildebrandt will receive a misdemeanor sentence for the second gun incident and a one-year sentence for the drug conviction. A three-year prison sentence will be issued after his probation is revoked for the Allen Court shooting.