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Stevens County men guilty of simple robbery

MORRIS – Two Stevens County men have pled guilty to simple robbery following a June incident in which they assaulted a man to steal $3,500 in cash.

Cody Tyler Bouressa, age 21 of Donnelly, was sentenced on Sept. 16. He will serve 60 days in the Traverse County Jail and remain on probation through the Minnesota Department of Corrections for 10 years. Cody was also ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim and obtain his high school diploma or an equivalent degree.

Brett Allen Bouressa, age 23 of Cyrus, pled guilty on Sept. 19 and will be sentenced at a later date.

Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan said Brett will likely have the same sentence as Cody since they pled guilty to the same charge.

Both men will be required to pay restitution to the victim totaling $3,500.

According to the criminal complaint for the incident, at about 10:45 p.m. on June 7, officers with the Morris Police Department responded to a report that a 29-year-old man, Tyler Montonye, had been robbed outside of Key Row Apartments in Morris.

Montonye told police that shortly before he was robbed, he received a call from Cody Bouressa to meet him at Key Row Apartments. When Montonye arrived, he was approached by a large man carrying a baseball bat, the report states.

While the man with the baseball bat hit Montonye with the bat, a smaller man approached from the other side of the vehicle and began choking the victim through the window. Montonye recalled overhearing one of the individuals whispering, “Grab it. It's in his pocket,” the report states.

Montonye told police that he suspected that his co-worker, Cody, was involved with the robbery because Cody was one of only two people he told about the cash. Later, Montonye identified Brett as one of the attackers after looking at photos on Facebook with a friend.