MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Mankato man has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for a pair of crimes inside two women’s dorm rooms.
On Monday, Alexander James Gowan-Nuehring — who was convicted of one felony drug charge and one felony burglary charge — learned he will spend 20 days in jail with credit given for four days already served. He will also be on probation for seven years.
In the drug case, authorities say Gowan-Nuehring broke into the dorm of a fellow community advisor and put pills in her water that he knew she was allergic to.
In the burglary case, authorities say Gowan-Nuehring broke into a female student’s dorm room with the intent to steal something, but she woke up and he pepper sprayed her and fled.
Gowan-Nuehring was ordered to pay restitution to the burglary case victim in the amount of $3,948.94. The court will waive a $3,000 fine in the drug case once restitution is paid.
Gowan-Nuehring was also granted a stay of imposition, meaning his convictions will not be recorded until the end of his probation. Provided he abides by the terms of his probation, the crimes will be recorded as misdemeanors rather than felonies.