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Man sentenced in Woodbury auto theft case

A man accused of leading Woodbury police on a foot chase after ditching a stolen vehicle was sentenced this month in Washington County District Court.

The Feb. 10 sentence calls for Dexter Jefferson Jr., 19, to spend 100 days in jail and spend five years on probation.

The St. Paul resident was convicted in October 2011 of receiving stolen property, a felony. A felony auto theft charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The sentence called for a 13-month prison sentence to be stayed, provided Jefferson abides probationary terms, which include paying $1,400 in restitution. He must also avoid drugs and alcohol, submit to random chemical testing and have no contact with known gang members, according to terms of probation.

Jefferson was arrested after a brief foot chase June 25, 2011, on Hemlock Boulevard in Woodbury.

According to a criminal complaint, police began following a vehicle he was driving on Queens Drive after a random license plate check revealed the vehicle had been stolen.

A Woodbury officer called for backup and activated her squad's emergency lights. According to the charges, Jefferson kept driving and came to a sudden stop on Hemlock Boulevard.

Jefferson then allegedly bailed out of the vehicle, a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero, and began running into the residential area. A K-9 team was involved in his apprehension, the complaint states.

Police investigated the stolen vehicle and noticed wires hanging from a space where its stereo system had been.

In an interview with police, Jefferson said a male in St. Paul let him use the vehicle for the night in exchange for $10. Jefferson acknowledged noticing the stereo deck was missing and said the man who gave him the car was trying to sell the stereo for $250.

According to police, Jefferson admitted that "when the deck was out, I was kinda like, I had suspicion of it, like - well - this might be a stolen car."

Jefferson received credit for 69 days already served.

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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