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Teen pleads not guilty to organizing failed robbery

MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A teenager has pleaded not guilty to organizing the failed robbery of a 96-year-old woman and her corner grocery store in Marshfield. 

17-year-old Cordell Ellingson of Arpin was ordered Monday to stand trial in Wood County Circuit Court.  He then entered his plea to an adult felony charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

A police detective testified that Ellingson drew up a plan to rob Wolf's Grocery in mid-July, and encouraged a 13-year-old boy to pull it off. 

Ellingson was living with the younger boy's family at the time. 

Investigators said the 13-year-old wore a mask as he demanded money from store owner Marge Wolf at knifepoint. She offered him Tootsie Rolls instead. The incident made national news. 

The boy is facing juvenile court action. 

The judge and attorneys in the Ellingson case will have a pre-trial conference November 22nd. A trial date could be set at that time.

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