A 50-year-old Pine City man is facing nearly 20 years in prison after being sentenced in multiple burglary cases late last month.
David Schaer was arrested in August of last year after he burglarized a home west of Pine City. He was reportedly discovered while trying to leave the property by the homeowner who noticed that he was bleeding from a cut on his arm. After Schaer left, the homeowner noticed that a portion of her house was on fire. Schaer later admitted to law enforcement that he had started to fire to get rid of the blood he left inside the home.
After he was arrested in that case, deputies found firearms in Schaer's home that he was not allowed to have due to being a felon.
Later in 2020, Schaer had escaped from a treatment facility after being there for about a day. He was later discovered sleeping at a table in Sandstone by the homeowner. He refused to leave the scene and was arrested by the Pine County Sheriff's Office.
Pine County Attorney Reese Frederickson said the state sentencing guidelines for the charges he was convicted of would have given Schaer between 84 and 117 months in prison. However, Frederickson's office argued for an "aggravated sentence" due to his criminal history dating back to 1987.
Instead, Schaer was sentenced to 216 months in prison after being convicted of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, first-degree arson, and felon in possession of a firearm.
You can listen to Pine County Attorney Reese Frederickson discuss the case below.