U robber sentenced, but he won't do prison time

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 7, 2010 - 7:41 PM

Derrell Jacori Cole will instead serve time at juvenile treatment center

A teenager charged in an armed robbery near where a University of Minnesota student was shot in January has pleaded guilty in that campus robbery and to another elsewhere in Minneapolis but will not serve prison time.

Derrell Jacori Cole, who turned 17 Wednesday, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery stemming from separate Jan. 25 robberies, one of them in north Minneapolis and the second on the U campus later that night. He was sentenced to two years in prison for the first incident and four years for the second.

Cole and a 21-year-old man, both of Minneapolis, were arrested in February, about two weeks after robberies on and near campus on Jan. 25 that police believe ended with the wounding of sophomore Timothy Schumacher, 19, who has recovered and since returned to class. However, police could not definitively link either suspect to the shooting and neither was charged with that crime. The 21-year-old was subsequently released without charges.

The sentence will be stayed until Cole's 21st birthday as long as he complies with the terms of his probation, which include an undetermined stay at Woodland Hills Residential Treatment Center in Duluth, a program for juvenile offenders, and restitution. He will not have to serve the sentence if he stays out of trouble until he's 21, but the conviction will not be removed from his record.

Cole and another suspect are accused of robbing two female students near Moos Tower on Jan. 25, stealing their cell phones and backpacks before fleeing toward several large residence halls. Moments later, Schumacher was shot without provocation in front of Centennial Hall, authorities said.

Before the campus robbery, a woman was robbed just off campus in the 500 block of Huron Blvd. SE, and police believe those incidents were connected.

Police used a signal from one of the stolen cell phones to track the suspects. A search turned up one of the cell phones but no firearm.

Authorities were only able to charge Cole with the robbery of the female students.

University of Minnesota Deputy Police Chief Chuck Miner said the case is still active.

In another incident this week near the campus, a U student was jogging around 9:40 p.m. Monday at 6th Street and 11th Avenue SE. near Dinkytown when a man demanded his belongings, then stabbed him in the torso, police said.

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921

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