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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
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Felony Sentencing

• Robert Lacy Atkinson, 44, of Spring Valley, was sentenced on Monday, June 2, 2008, in Fillmore County District Court by Judge Robert Benson to 24 months in prison and fined $500 fine after he pled guilty to failing to register as a predatory sexual offender, a felony. He was given credit for 25 days served in jail.

According to court records, from January 1, 2008, to October 6, 2008, Atkinson failed to notify officials after changing his address.

As part of the plea agreement all other charges were dismissed, including felony charges of criminal sexual conduct, where Atkinson was accused of having sex with a minor. County attorney Kelly Wagner prosecuted the case, while public defender Fred Suhler, Jr. represented the defendant.

• Shawn Marie Jensen, 35, of Stewartville, was sentenced on June 2, 2008, by Judge Benson to five years probation, fined $50 and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to issuing dishonored checks. As part of a plea agreement, all other charges were dismissed.

Judge Benson stayed adjudication of guilt on the condition that Jensen be law-abiding and comply with the terms of her probation.

Jensen admitted to writing checks totalling $903.56 on April 22, 2007. The checks were drawn from a closed checking account.

• Cheryl Kay Briggs, 34, of Stewartville, was sentenced on June 2, 2008 to five years probation, fined $50, given 30 days in jail and ordered to serve 50 hours community service after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine.

Briggs admitted to possessing methamphetamine when she was riding in a vehicle stopped for a traffic stop on April 29, 2008.

Felony Charges

• Nicole Leigh Zwart, 31, and Jeremy Donald Zwart, 33, husband and wife of Chatfield were charged in District Court with theft by check on June 2, 2008.

According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that Nicole Zwart wrote a check for $16,000 to her husband that was written on a closed account from a Rochester financial institution. It is further alleged that Mr. Zwart deposited the money at a local bank and was issued a certified check for $16,000 which was signed over to a Preston law firm to be used for a down payment on a house the couple were buying. In addition to theft by check charges, Mrs. Zwart is also charged with issuing a dishonored check, a felony.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 9th, 2008
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Felony Sentencing

• Santiago Jaimez Garcia, 30, of Preston, was sentenced on Monday, May 5, 2008, in Fillmore County District Court by Judge Robert Benson to two years probation after pleading guilty to assaulting a correctional employee, ..... 
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Youth Pastor sentenced to 15 years probation

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
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PRESTON - Judge Robert Benson told Derrick Reagan DeBoef, 27, of Sherrard, IL, that his conviction for criminal sexual conduct with a 17 year old minor female in 2006 was an "inexcusable betrayal of your trust." Benson then sentenced DeBoef, who was ..... 
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Spring Valley man sent to prison for DWI

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
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PRESTON - Ray Edmonson, 46, of Spring Valley, was sentenced in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, April 21, 2008, to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty to felony driving-while-impaired. Edmonson had three prior convictions for drinking ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
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• Sara Jo Wead, 30, of Lanesboro, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, April 7, with writing a false check, a felony.

According to court records, it is alleged that Wead purchased a new refrigerator from a Harmony bus ..... 
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Mediation hearing will determine Lettner restitution

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
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PRESTON - A restitution hearing for former Chatfield Police Officer Ryan Lettner was held in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 24.

Lettner, along with Jesse Alan Nelson and John Mark Olson, pled guilty to the theft of tools fr ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
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Felony Charges

• Santiago Jaimez Garcia, 29, of Spring Valley, was charged on Tuesday, March 18, with fourth degree assault, a felony, after spitting on a jailer while being charged at the Fillmore County Jail.

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Mabel man charged with manufacturing meth

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
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Scott Alan Sorenson, 39, of Mabel, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 10, 2008, with three felony counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine. Sorenson is being held at the Fillmore County Jail on $25,000 conditi ..... 
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Court Report: Youth pastor pleads guilty to criminal sexu al conduct

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
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PRESTON - Derrick Reagan DeBoef, 27 of Sherrard, IL, pled guilty in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, February 25, 2008, to two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct related to an incident in July 2006. All other charges were dismissed as ..... 
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