Burglar sentenced to 5 years

FAIRMONT – A homeless man who broke into several homes in Fairmont on March 14 has received a prison sentence of nearly five years.

Erik Daniel Christianson, 31, was convicted of first- and second-degree burglary covering two cases during plea hearings held Thursday.

In the first case, Christianson was convicted of first-degree burglary with additional charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, and misdemeanor counts of theft and trespassing dismissed.

The charges stem from two incidents on March 14, when Christianson broke into two Fairmont homes. In one, he attacked a male resident who came home on his lunch break while Christianson was there, and Christianson struck him with a golf club.

Later that day, Christianson was caught in another residence when a group of teens came home from school and called police.

Christianson was arrested a short time later, and has been in jail since.

A second case involved a burglary and theft that occurred before the March 14 incident. A set of keys found on Christianson upon his arrest were discovered to have been stolen from an apartment in a building where Christianson used to live.

It was learned other items that went missing from the apartment at the time were taken by Christianson. He was charged with second-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft.

Christianson received a 58-month commitment to the Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections for the first-degree burglary conviction, and a 33-month sentence in the second-degree burglary case. The two sentences will run concurrent, and Christianson will receive credit for his time served in jail since March.

A certificate of restitution against Christianson will be filed within the next 30 days.