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Man gets prison for theft, but he's no snitch

A Twin Ports man who pleaded guilty last month to nine burglaries has decided not to help police determine who else might have been involved. Matthew Abraham Khoroosi, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to 57 months in prison as part of a plea agreement, ...

A Twin Ports man who pleaded guilty last month to nine burglaries has decided not to help police determine who else might have been involved.

Matthew Abraham Khoroosi, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to 57 months in prison as part of a plea agreement, but his attorney wanted it made clear that Khoroosi didn't snitch on anyone.

Minneapolis defense attorney Frederick Goetz told Judge David Johnson that his client did not assist in the prosecution of any other criminal. "I don't want him to go to prison with that jacket [as a snitch] on,'' Goetz said.

Khoroosi, who has addresses in Duluth and Superior, admitted stealing firearms, jewelry, laptop computers and other items. An alleged accomplice told authorities that he and Khoroosi had been transporting guns between Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Tuesday, Khoroosi told the court: "I've got a lot of remorse for what I did. I wish I wouldn't have done it.''

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One of the burglaries was carried out at a University of Minnesota Duluth apartment. Khoroosi was caught on a campus surveillance camera, and his face was published in the UMD Statesman student newspaper. Most of the burglaries were committed outside the city.

The defendant said he would knock on the door of a residence and if no one answered he would kick it in. Some residences were unlocked. If someone came to the door he would say he was from out of town, ask for directions and leave. He said that when a dog barked he usually knew no one was home.

Johnson ordered that half of Khoroosi's prison earnings be used to pay restitution to his victims. The defendant was also fined $900.

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