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Grand Forks man pleads guilty to robbing Cenex

Ahmed Mohammed Salim

The second of two suspects accused of robbing a Grand Forks gas station last fall has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Ahmed Mohammed Salim of Grand Forks signed a plea agreement Monday that downgraded a Class B felony charge of robbery with a firearm, dangerous weapon or destructive device to robbery, a Class C felony. The plea deal closes the case against Salim and Mussa Abdiquider Bawazer of East Grand Forks, who were both accused in the Oct. 27 robbery of the Cenex convenience store at 803 S. Washington St.

The two were found inside the store concealing merchandise in Salim's jacket when police arrived at the scene, according to court documents. Salim allegedly told a cashier at the store he had a knife, but his attorney, Kerry Rosenquist, said no knife was recovered.

Salim was sentenced Monday in Grand Forks District Court to 360 days in jail, but 300 days were suspended and he was credited five days for time served. Bawazer pleaded guilty in December to a Class C felony charge of theft. He was given 20 months in prison, but 18 months were suspended and he was credited 50 days for time served.