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Minn. man gets jail time for stealing from Mitchell business

A Minnesota man was sentenced to 180 days in jail for stealing more than $30,000 from a Mitchell company.

Brett Christianson, 44, was sentenced Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center.

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Christianson was an independent contractor working for Premier Systems of Mitchell. He pleaded guilty to grand theft for taking checks from customers, writing his name on the check and cashing them.

Christianson received a suspended five-year prison sentence and will begin serving his jail time in January. Judge Tim Bjorkman said he wants Christianson to stay out until January to begin making payments on the $30,538.11 ordered for restitution. Bjorkman ordered Christianson to pay $1,000 per month except February, March and April until it is paid in full — as an independent contractor, Christianson has off-time those three months.

Christianson will serve 60 days starting Jan. 1, 60 days in January 2015, and 60 days in January 2016. Bjorkman also ordered Christianson to pay a $5,000 fine, $104 in court costs and spend three years on probation.