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Alexandria man pleads guilty to simple robbery for February incident

MORRIS – An Alexandria man charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery after pretending to have a gun and taking $295 from a bar in Morris has pled guilty to simple robbery.

Brent Allen Anderson, 56, entered the plea on Monday, Aug. 11 and was immediately sentenced to 48 months in prison by Judge Gerald Seibel.

The Morris Police Department investigated the crime, which occurred at the Met Lounge in Morris on Feb. 21 and 22, 2014.

According to the bartender, Anderson came into the bar, ordered a mixed drink and quickly consumed it. After getting up and leaving for a short time, Anderson returned and asked for “the cheapest beer the bar had,” which he tried to pay for in change from his sleeve. When he was told the amount was not enough, he left the bar again.

Shortly after midnight, he returned and approached the till. Anderson leaned into the bartender and told her he had a gun and she needed to open the cash register or he would harm her. The bartender complied, turning over $295 in cash, then quietly left to a back room where she phoned local law enforcement.

At approximately 1 a.m. that morning, Anderson was stopped by officers with the Swift County Sheriff’s Office and Appleton Police Department and was shot twice in the stomach. During the stop, Anderson appeared to have a weapon and did not obey commands from law enforcement.

Anderson spent approximately three months in the hospital before making his first court appearance in May.

Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan said Anderson has a significant criminal history including three prior felony DWIs and a felony conviction for fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. He has previously spent time in prison.