Former mayor pleads guilty to burglarizing current mayor

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. - The former mayor of Watson has pleaded guilty under a deal with prosecutors to breaking into the current mayor's home in March.

The West Central Tribune reports that 34-year-old Joseph Rongstad will be sentenced Dec. 13 on a felony charge of third-degree burglary. Prosecutors will drop other charges in that case and in an unrelated case in which Rongstad was accused of firing a rifle through the sunroof of his truck in February.

The cases against Rongstad had been suspended in June when an examination found him incompetent to proceed. A judge ordered Rongstad committed on the basis of mental illness and chemical dependency. The cases were reopened in September, and Rongstad pleaded guilty earlier this month.


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