Dickinsen pleads guilty to EM armed robbery

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — A 21-year-old Eau Claire man has pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of the I-94 Mart in the Town of Elk Mound last fall.

Jordan R. Dickinsen pleaded guilty in Dunn County Circuit Court November 12 to one Class C felony count of armed robbery.

Three misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon were dismissed.

Judge Rod Smeltzer accepted Dickinsen’s guilty plea.

The charge of armed robbery carries a penalty of up to a $100,000 fine and/or 40 years in prison.

Dickinsen currently is serving a two-year prison term in Green Bay for a series of thefts from vehicles and garages in Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire counties.

Two other young men also are charged in connection with the I-94 Mart armed robbery last November: Christopher L. Bollom, 20, of Eau Claire and Brandon L. Hurlburt, 17, of Cadott.

Dickinsen also is charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property in Chippewa County.

Hurlburt was arrested December 14 last year for a robbery earlier in the month at the G&64 Country Store in the Town of Ruby in Chippewa County.

Hurlburt told investigators that he and Bollom had burglarized a home in Chippewa County on November 2, 2011, and had taken a large container of coins. They went to Festival Foods in Eau Claire and met Dickinsen, cashed in the coins, went to a strip club in the Twin Cities, bought marijuana, and then traveled back to Menomonie in the early morning of November 3 and discussed committing an armed robbery.

According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, on November 3, 2011, two men wearing ski masks entered the I-94 Mart at the intersection of Interstate 94 and state Highway 29 at 6:39 a.m. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Judge Smeltzer ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and a sentencing hearing is scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court on January 11.

Hurlburt is scheduled for trial in Dunn County December 3 and 4, and Bollom is scheduled for a jury trial January 24 and 25.

Dickinsen told the court he would be transported back to Dunn County from Green Bay to testify at the Hurlburt and Bollom trials and wondered if his sentencing hearing could be held when he is back in Dunn County to testify.

Judge Smeltzer noted that completing a pre-sentence investigation takes about 60 days, and that a sentencing hearing for Dickinsen in December would be too soon.

Rather than transport Dickinsen back to Green Bay, it is possible that officials could decide to keep Dickinsen in Dunn County the two weeks after his sentencing until the time of the Bollom trial later in January, Judge Smeltzer said.

A $50,000 cash bond was set for Dickinsen in Dunn County last December.