Two accused in St. Paul robbery, rape agree to plea deals

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE
  • Star Tribune
  • April 10, 2012 - 11:18 PM

Two of three suspects in a robbery and alleged rape in St. Paul's Highland Park area have agreed to plea deals that could find one man being sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Kimanie M. Carter, 25, and Derrean D. Hogan, 21, had been set to go to trial this month for an attack last summer at an apartment building in the 1700 block of Norfolk Avenue.

According to the charges, Carter, Hogan and a third suspect, Paul D. Rattler, 19, brandished handguns at a couple as they entered the building. The residents were forced into their apartment, and their money was taken.

Hogan and Rattler then had the man drive them to his bank to withdraw $500 from a cash machine. Carter stayed behind and allegedly raped the woman, who was 53 at the time of the Aug. 26 incident.

Charges say she identified Carter in a lineup as the man who sexually assaulted her.

On Monday, Carter pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to first-degree burglary and to two counts of kidnapping as part of a plea agreement, which called for charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and aggravated robbery to be dismissed when he is sentenced on June 1.

Under the deal, Carter faces 20 years in prison for the burglary charge, a harsher penalty than the 5 1/2 years to 7¾ years that could have been assessed under state sentencing guidelines, records show.

Last week, Hogan pleaded guilty to aiding an offender as part of a deal calling for a two-year prison term that would run concurrently with a sentence awaiting him for an alleged Minneapolis home invasion last year. In that case, Hogan pleaded guilty in Hennepin County District Court to three counts of aggravated robbery. He is to be sentenced on Sept. 17.

Rattler faces two counts each of first-degree robbery and kidnapping in the Highland Park case, as well as first-degree assault and gun charges in a Hennepin County case that stems from a Jan. 10 shooting.

Anthony Lonetree • 612-875-0041

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