Community Impact Statements needed

COURTWATCH:

Call for Community Impact Statements two aggravated robberies in a residential n’hood

On January 17, Jesse Alan Houge committed a 2nd Degree Aggravated Robbery (implying that he had a gun) at Barton and Melbourne SE at about 8PM. He then moved to Arthur Avenue at Sidney Place, and committed a 1st Degree Aggravated Robbery, this time displaying his gun. He was caught and charged, and entered a guilty plea, which means no jury trial. The judge in this case will have the sole determination of the outcome. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has requested impact statements from neighbors in the community.

How does this person’s crime, on the Eastside of Minneapolis, early in the evening, make you feel about your safety close to home? Please be very aware that Mr. Houge committed two Aggravated Robberies in a residential neighborhood, less than a block from a public school. He did this between 8 and 8:30 PM, prime time for dog walkers, kids returning home from a playdate at a neighbor’s house, neighbors outside for many reasons. If you have been affected by this person’s action, please write a comment to be forwarded to the judge.

Your comments should include the following information:

State v. Jesse Alan Houge

Case # 27-CR-15-1797

Case # 27-CR-15-1800

Your name, phone number with area code, employer (if applicable), your title, the date.

You do not need to write a long, polished essay. A few honest sentences about how this person’s act made you feel or think differently, and what you want as an outcome for the case are all that are needed.

Mr. Houge’s court date is May 1. Impact statements should be turned in by May 27 so there’s plenty of time to get them to the judge. Please hand deliver or mail to Nick Juarez, MPD Second Precinct, 1911 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Email delivery is fine: nicholas.juarez@minneapolismn.gov

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