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Man given prison sentence in Woodbury burglary case

A 33-year-old St. Paul Park man convicted in a Woodbury domestic disturbance case will be going to prison.

Jose Manuel Mejia was sentenced Jan. 17 to 30 months – at least two-thirds of which must be spent behind bars. He was convicted of first-degree burglary with a dangerous weapon.

The charge stemmed from a July 25, 2013, incident on Romeo Drive that was first originally reported as trespassing.

According to a criminal complaint, Woodbury police were dispatched to the residence, but learned along the way that the suspect was inside and armed with a weapon.

Police arrived to find Mejia, who was in the process of a divorce, at the home of his wife’s male friend. Mejia pushed his way past the woman and began threatening the man, according to the complaint. The man pushed Mejia out of the home through the garage’s service door, which Mejia allegedly beat with the bat.

Mejia was able to re-enter the home, knocked the woman to the ground and cocked back his fist before he was pushed out the front door. After being locked out of that door, Mejia allegedly threatened to “kill you two,” causing the man to fear for his life, the complaint states.

Mejia will receive credit for 167 days already served. Provisions of the sentence also require him to pay a $50 fine and submit a DNA sample.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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