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Men sentenced in purse-snatching

Two brothers charged in an East Grand Forks purse-snatching have been sentenced to prison time. Juan Carrera Jr., 28, was sentenced Monday in Polk County District Court to 4 years in prison. David Carrera, 24, was ordered in May to serve 20 1/2 m...

Two brothers charged in an East Grand Forks purse-snatching have been sentenced to prison time.

Juan Carrera Jr., 28, was sentenced Monday in Polk County District Court to 4 years in prison. David Carrera, 24, was ordered in May to serve 20½ months.

In February, police arrested the brothers after reports that two men stole three bottles of wine from Duke's Liquors and attempted to grab a purse from a 72-year-old woman in the parking lot of Hugo's grocery store. A bystander told the Herald he fought off the woman's attackers.

The brothers told police they had been drinking alcohol all day and didn't remember much, but they didn't dispute the charges and apologized to the woman.

David Carrera was charged with aggravated robbery, theft and two counts of fifth-degree assault. In a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to robbery and theft; the assault charges were dismissed.

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Juan Carrera, who has a criminal record that includes burglary and multiple assault charges, was charged the same as his brother. He also agreed to a plea deal, but pleaded guilty only to robbery with the other charges dropped.

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