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Guilty pleas tied to recent crimes

Two Farmington men have been convicted in connection to a series of burglaries and check forgeries this past winter.

Doran Eugene Ritzman, 21, and Austin Hall, 20, appeared in Dakota County court earlier this year.

On Feb. 18, Ritzman appeared before judge Mary Theisen on a count of second degree burglary, a felony, on Jan. 14, 2014. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, and five years of supervised probation. Terms of his sentencing also include chemical dependency evaluation, random testing, no contact with the victim and no possession of alcohol or drugs.

Hall appeared before judge Theisen on Jan. 29 to enter a plea of not guilty to felony check forgery charges stemming from a Dec. 9, 2013 incident. He entered an amended, guilty plea on March 5, before judge Michael Baxter.

Hall was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail, with a stay of 275 days for two years. He is eligible for work release. He is also under supervised probation for two years.

The incidents both men have been convicted of are tied to a series of burglaries and check forgeries that occurred in the downtown area of Farmington. In late January, Farmington police identified as many as a dozen individuals allegedly connected to the crimes. 

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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