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Former Hager City man sentenced to prison for robbery

A former Hager City man was sentenced to nine years prison earlier this  month for armed robbery of the Ellsworth Super America from August 2012.

Jason Steven Kearns, 29, was also ordered March 20 by Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall to spend the next eight years on extended supervision upon his release.

Kearns will spend about the first two years of his Pierce sentence in a correctional facility in Oak Park Heights, Minn., where he is currently serving a 48-month sentence for Washington County. Upon his release, he will then be shipped to Wisconsin.

According to the criminal complaint:

Ellsworth police were notified of the robbery in the early morning hours of Aug. 1, 2012. They were told a male wearing a blue bandana and a brown colored jacket with the hood pulled up over his head, entered the store, carrying a pistol. The clerk told police the suspect asked for money, he gave $590 to him, and then the suspect walked out of store with no vehicles in sight.

A witness told police, after hearing about the robbery on a scanner, he heard a crotch rocket-type motorcycle traveling eastbound on Summit Ave., at the same time, at a high rate of speed.

Later that afternoon, another witness told police, he saw a pair of dishwasher-type rubber gloves on County Highway C. After reading the robbery article on, which said the suspect wore a pair of rubber gloves, he recalled seeing those gloves and notified police. Police were able to find those gloves and sent them to the State Crime Lab for DNA and fingerprint analysis.

For more please read the April 2 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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