Andrew Schell, Minot, given suspended sentence, community service, probation, for 2018 burglary spree

Andrew Allen Schell, 26, was sentenced on Nov. 27 to five years in prison, with five years suspended, and three years of supervised probation for Class B felony burglary committed at night, two counts of Class B felony theft and Class C felony theft.

Court records show that Schell, who is currently serving a sentence at the North Dakota State Penitentiary on other charges, was also ordered to complete 500 hours of community service and to have no contact with any of the businesses or individuals he stole from during the burglary spree in 2018.

His co-defendants, Raven Ware and Jordan Bahnsen, were sentenced earlier this fall. Bahnsen received a five-year suspended sentence and three years of supervised probation on the various felony charges and Ware was sentenced to two years in prison, all suspended but the 148 days she had already served at the Ward County Jail, plus 500 hours of community service.

The trio engaged in commercial and private burglaries between May and July 2018.

Schell had previously pleaded guilty last year to a burglary at Paradise Spas in Minot that was committed during the same time frame. He had also pleaded guilty to breaking into a vehicle parked at Minot State University in June 2018 and to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to three years on those charges, concurrent with a sentence in another case, and to five years in prison, with a requirement he serve two years, for the Paradise Spas burglary. The sentence on the Paradise Spas burglary is consecutive to his sentence on the other charges. He is currently serving time at the state penitentiary on those charges.

When Bahnsen was sentenced last month, the prosecutor said the light sentence was unusual. Ward County State’s Attorney Roza Larson said it took longer for her office to get all the latest burglary charges ready to file and the new charges would likely have been included in a plea deal on the earlier charges if they had been ready in time.

Schell, Bahnsen, and Ware are all jointly responsible for restitution yet to be determined in the burglary spree.


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