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Naytahwaush man sentenced for stealing pistol

Aaron Richard Boswell, 23, of Naytahwaush has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony possession of a firearm.

A felony theft charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Aug. 24, 2018 a Becker County deputy was dispatched to a business on the report of a firearm being stolen. Video surveillance footage showed Boswell leaning over a display counter and taking a 9MM Sig Sauer P938 pistol. He left in a tan GMC Yukon with North Dakota plates.

Three days later he was pulled over in the Yukon, arrested, taken to jail, and interviewed. He said he was in a drunken blackout when he stole the gun and doesn't remember it, but did not dispute the video evidence.

Two BB guns were recovered from the Yukon, and an irritated Boswell said one of them should have been the P938 pistol from the store.

He appeared in court Feb. 28 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 60 months in prison, stayed for 15 years.

He was ordered to serve 187 days in jail, with credit for 187 days served, and ordered to remain in jail until he could be transported to a long-term chemical dependency treatment program.

He was fined $1,000, plus $1,160 in court fees, and was ordered to pay $1,485 in restitution, with restitution to be paid first.

He was ordered to get a complete diagnostic assessment and a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was ordered to complete the Teen Challenge chemical dependency treatment program, and was placed on supervised probation for 15 years.