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Bemidji man gets jail time for soliciting prostitution at Wal-Mart

BEMIDJI, Minn. - A Bemidji man was sentenced Monday to jail time for soliciting prostitution at a Wal-Mart store.

Derek Barnes, 22, was sentenced in Beltrami County District Court to three consecutive one-year terms in the Beltrami County Jail on two counts of soliciting prostitution in a public place and one count of third-degree DWI.

On Jan. 21, Barnes approached two female Wal-Mart employees and offered money for sexual acts. He fled the store and was apprehended after driving his car into a ditch.

Judge Paul Benshoof stayed all but 105 days of Barnes’ first yearlong sentence for soliciting for two years. All of the second yearlong sentence has been stayed for two years, and the yearlong term for DWI was stayed for six years.

Barnes was credited with 70 days of time served. He must pay a $100 fine for each solicitation charge and a $500 fine for the DWI. Barnes has been placed on two years of supervised probation.

Barnes has a criminal history that includes indecent exposure, felony stalking, burglary and damage to property.

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