Wood County Circuit Court (CCAP– 2013 CF 306) –A 17-year-old Arpin, Wisconsin boy pleaded not guilty this week for his part in an attempted armed robbery of a Marshfield grocery store. Cordell L. Ellingson has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor involved in the attempted July armed robbery of Wolf’s Grocery store, 713 E. Doege St. Ellingson allegedly encouraged a 13-year-old Marshfield boy to rob Wolf’s. About a week before the robbery, Ellingson allegedly conceived of the plan while living with the boy’s family and encouraged the boy to carry out the robbery, said Kevin Hamill, the Marshfield Police Department detective who investigated the case. Hamill testified in Wood County Circuit Court this week.
The court found there is probably cause Ellingson committed the felony, and a pretrial conference was scheduled for Nov. 22. If convicted, Ellingson faces up to six years in jail and a $10,000 fine. The 13-year-old boy wore a mask and entered the store July 15. He demanded money from store owner, Marge Wolf, 96. Instead of giving the boy money, Wolf offered him Tootsie Rolls. When she refused to open her cash register, he pulled out a pocket knife and demanded money. Angered that he pulled out a knife, Wolf said in an earlier interview that she told the boy to leave, and he did.
“I wasn’t going to call the police,” Wolf said, but later in the day she did because she was concerned that he might try to rob someone else in the neighborhood.