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Ingli gets probation for his role in Muhlhausen burglary

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The third person associated with the burglary of then-Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen and his then-fiancee learned his fate Thursday afternoon.

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Nicholas Ingli, 18, was sentenced to five years probation as a result of that burglary charge, along with burglary charges in Pepin and Dunn counties, and theft and bail jumping charges in Pierce County.

Ingli, along with brother Randy, Aaron Diercks, Timothy DeGroat and Cody Muhlhausen, Everett's son, were all charged with burglary for their roles in the April 5 break-in of the home of Everett Muhlhausen and Barbara Fritz. Randy Ingli pled guilty and was sentenced to probation. Cody Muhlhausen and DeGroat also pled guilty and will be sentenced April 17 and 23, respectively. Diercks was acquitted in a jury trial.

"It's time to be a man, Mr. Ingli, for your son and your girlfriend/fiancée to be proud of," Pepin/Buffalo Judge James Duvall said when handing out the terms of the probation.

The five years probation was what District Attorney John O'Boyle recommended, along with completion of the Drug Court to which Ingli was accepted.

"Every kid at his age shows remorse," O'Boyle said. "Now is his chance to show us, because drug court isn't going to be a walk in the park."

What was also heavily mentioned was Ingli is a father at 18, given his prior history.

"He's young, immature, no high school diploma and had multiple burglaries in four different jurisdictions," he said. "He got a 15- to 16-year-old girl pregnant. How can he be a parent with that kind of track record?"

Ingli's attorney, Julie Smith, obviously begged to differ.

"He took a parenting class in jail, he used his time in jail to get his GED," she said. "He indicated to me that he's had further goals and would like to get his diploma.

"He has a work history and skills used to support his family. The drug court is essential to his success. He was the one that originally brought up the idea, not me. It's something he wants and needs to do."

Ingli spoke and said he doesn't blame what happened to him on his family's history (both parents are alcoholics).

"I blame it on my own stupidity," he said. "I apologize for my own actions and I can be a father. I want the chance."

He also said he wouldn't be moving back home, he would be living in River Falls with his girlfriend.

Duvall went through Ingli's whole history before making the call.

"With the record you've made the last two years, people would go to prison for the crimes you've done," he said. "... You've had two prior chances for probation and you've blown it."

However, at the same time, Duvall said he wasn't ready to send him away, which led him to the probation agreement.

"The district attorney is right," Duvall said. "We'll find out if you did or didn't get it."

Besides completion of the drug court, some of the probation terms for Ingli are there must be no possession of alcohol and firearms, no contact with the victims, paying the court costs and having no contact with his co-defendants in the Muhlhausen burglary, with the exception of Randy, that is permitted by his probation agent.

"I wish you luck, Mr. Ingli," Duvall said. "Where you go from here depends on you."

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
(715) 273-4334
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