Burlington man sentenced for restraining, robbing woman at gunpoint

MINOT, N.D. – A Burlington man will serve more than four years in prison for holding a woman against her will at gunpoint last April and robbing her.

Investigators say that 25-year-old Jherik Hess pointed a gun at the victim and ordered her into her basement on April 4, 2016.

They say Hess bound the woman’s hands and ankles together, and stole firearms, a digital camera, and a wallet with a credit card.

Hess entered Alford pleas in August to charges of robbery, felonious restraint, and terrorizing, meaning he maintains his innocence but admits the state has enough evidence to convict him.

The judge ordered him to serve six years, though he will receive credit for just under 600 days already served.

He will also serve five years of probation and must avoid contact with the victim.