Plea Agreement in Rochester Stabbing and Robbery Case
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - One of the four people charged in connection with a stabbing and robbery in Rochester last summer has worked out a plea agreement with Olmsted County prosecutors.
32-year-old Sara Heng recently entered an Alford plea to a motor vehicle theft charge. The plea means Heng does not admit guilt, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.
Heng, along with two Rochester men and a St. Cloud man were arrested last July after an 18-year-old man from Houston Minnesota was stabbed in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America Hotel on West Lake Drive Southeast. The victim told police that he and a friend fled on foot, leaving their vehicle in the parking lot. They later returned to the scene and the car, along with the victim’s wallet and cell phone, were gone. The teenager then sought treatment for a non-life-threatening stab wound.
Heng is scheduled to be sentenced on February 13th.
The man accused of actually stabbing the victim, 29-year-old Edgar Barrientos of Rochester, is currently scheduled to stand trial on 2nd degree assault and 1st degree aggravated robbery charges in March.