Theisen sentenced in murder conspiracy, burglary cases

Published 9:25am Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Updated 11:35am Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Branagen Jordan Theisen, 22, of Henning, was sentenced to prison time July 11 in Otter Tail County District Court for felony charges in two cases. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison for felony first-degree burglary-possession of a dangerous weapon. He pleaded guilty May 17. In exchange for the plea, an additional count of felony theft was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, Theisen was an accomplice to Anthony James Hogy, 38, of Underwood, for burglarizing a then-occupied Battle Lake residence in February 2012. Law enforcement reportedly learned of the roommate duo’s role in the burglary Feb. 16, 2012, when Hogy tried to sell a gun to a confidential informant.

Hogy reportedly said he’d stolen 11 guns and hand tools from a residence. Theisen said he helped Hogy bring items into their house and that he went to pick up the stolen items.

Hogy was sentenced July 30, 2012 to 41 months in prison for first-degree burglary-possession of a dangerous weapon. In exchange for a guilty plea, additional counts of felony theft and felony receiving stolen property were dismissed.

Theisen was also sentenced July 11 to 34 months in prison for his involvement in an alleged plot that involved robbing and burning a house in Pelican Rapids, and murdering the occupants. Theisen pleaded guilty May 17 to felony first-degree aggravated robbery.

In exchange for the plea, an additional count of felony first-degree conspiracy to commit assault was dismissed.

Theisen was one of eight people, including three juveniles, involved in the case.

According to the criminal complaint, the group drove two vehicles to a Pelican Rapids home Oct. 4, 2012 and brought along a crow bar, bear mace, a lead pipe, a knife, a machete, a metal baseball bat, gasoline and a gun. The plan was to kill everyone inside and burn down the house.

One of the house’s occupants, Fikret Saric, walked into the front yard and fired two gunshots, one of which struck the passenger side front door of one of the vehicles. The alleged motive in the case was to retrieve stolen marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a drug deal gone bad.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

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