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Forum staff reports, Published September 13 2010

45 days ordered in 9th Best Buy sentencing

FARGO - A ninth defendant in the Best Buy theft cases was sentenced to 45 days in jail on Monday in Cass County District Court.

Chernel Magaga pleaded guilty to a Class C felony of theft of property before he was sentenced.

He was one of 12 men charged in connection with a series of thefts from Best Buy in Fargo that ended up making off with $150,000 in stolen goods.

Nine defendants have pleaded guilty so far, and the remaining three have also set hearing dates to plead guilty.

Magaga was a roommate of Adetimisola Ogundipe, a security guard at Best Buy who concocted the scheme. Their apartment was called “Best Buy Jr.” by some of the other defendants, police have said.