A Thief River Falls man was sentenced Monday, July 18 in Pennington County District Court for burglarizing an apartment and assaulting an occupant.
Jesse David LeMoine, 35 was sentenced for a felony charge of second-degree burglary and a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault.
For the felony charge, a five-year stay of imposition was granted. He was ordered to serve 90 days in jail or on electronic home monitoring. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. LeMoine was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. He was ordered not to use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. LeMoine was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines. The state has 30 days to file a certificate of restitution and the defense has 30 days to object.
For the assault charge, LeMoine was ordered to serve 90 days in jail or on electronic home monitoring concurrently with count 1. Work release and STS privileges were granted.
LeMoine, Tyler Ronald Smith, and Ian Michael Lane were charged after a burglary and assault were reported on June 23, 2021, at about 12:22 a.m. at 210 St. Paul Ave. S. #2.
According to the complaint against LeMoine, dispatch told police that two of the individuals were still outside of the home. Upon arriving, police observed LeMoine and Smith outside. Smith ran into an apartment across the street and soon fell out of the window.
The three occupants reported that they had been awakened by a loud noise. LeMoine, Lane, and Smith were allegedly standing in a room occupied by a couple. The alleged victim owed money to Lane. LeMoine then began choking the man, who was lying down. LeMoine demanded all of the man’s money. At one point, he punched the man’s girlfriend in the stomach while she attempted to get LeMoine off of her boyfriend.
The man believed the others had gone to the apartment to obtain the money that he owed for a vehicle. Earlier, the man had sent a Facebook message to Smith and Lane, asking why they were “screwing him over” for a vehicle. Lane allegedly left with a bag containing $2,000.
The third apartment occupant, who is the alleged victim’s sister, reported that a necklace had also been stolen. The necklace was a family heirloom. The assault apparently ended after a neighbor, who lived across the street, intervened and the sister displayed a machete. The neighbor told police he heard screaming and believed the screaming was coming from his friend’s apartment. However, the neighbor soon realized the screaming was coming from another apartment in the same building. Smith soon ran into the neighbor’s apartment building and fell out of the window.
The neighbor initially denied that Smith was inside. Later, he said he knew Smith didn’t like the police and he didn’t want to make anything worse for Smith. Police observed damage in the apartment where the assault occurred. The front door was loose. Glass was broken in the living room, and a lamp had been pushed over. Cigarettes were also found lying on the hallway floor.
The complaint indicated that the man had no new marks around his neck. A day earlier, he had apparently been assaulted and had marks around his neck from that assault. According to the police department, the early morning incident was a continuation of the initial assault with some of the same parties involved Smith was sentenced recently in connection with the second incident as noted below.
Lane’s case is apparently continuing through the court system.