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Weller sentenced to 10 years


Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one count of First Degree Aggravated Robbery stemming from an incident that occurred at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center on July 30.

At that time, Weller was alleged to have physically assaulted his companion, Alicia Reynolds. The victim was choked to unconsciousness and then tied up and abandoned in the woods. Cash and items, including a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo were taken from her. Weller was later apprehended in Utah.

Weller was arraigned on multiple charges, including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and theft.

A plea arrangement between Weller and the County Attorney recommended that the court follow the state sentencing guidelines which calls for between 54-62 months in prison. Prior to sentencing, Weller’s attorney, Candace Rasmussen, recommended that the court follow the sentencing guidelines.

“Some see him (Weller) as evil, and others see him as a loving son,” Rasmussen told the court. “That (58 months) is a long time in prison and is a reasonable punishment.”

A tearful Weller spoke briefly on his own behalf. “I am sorry for what I have done. I am not really a bad person,” he told the judge. “This was a bad time in my life.”

In sentencing the defendant to 10 years, Judge Benson said that the upward departure from the guidelines was justified by the cruelty with which the victim was treated.

“The victim was beaten viciously, choked unconscious; tied up and left for dead in the woods; her body dragged off the trail,” Benson said. “There was no attempt to notify anyone, even anonymously, to help her”

Benson acknowledged that the upward sentencing may be viewed as a violation of the plea bargain. But Benson noted that the guidelines allow for discretionary upward sentencing.

Weller, who is expected to begin serving his sentence with the Commissioner of Corrections immediately, has the right to appeal the upward sentencing.

In addition to the ten years in prison, Weller was ordered to pay $900 restitution to the victim, as well as any personal costs she may have accrued. Weller is also responsible for paying his court appointed attorney fees.

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Commission deals with sawmill permit

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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“We need to help these sawmills come into compliance with the ordinance,” Mike Tuohy, Chairman of the Fillmore County Planning Commission, said at Thursday’s monthly meeting. [Read the Rest]

Where do we go from here?

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

My friend, Jack lives in Austin and whenever he can get away from his business, he likes to come down here to Forestville to relax and unwind. He was here last Sunday. It was 11 o’clock in the morning when he said tha ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

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Does History Make the Man?

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Editor’s note: The following article was adapted from a school assignment by the author.

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A Step Back in Time

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2000

The elderly lady behind the counter says, "Here are your tickets. You must go upstairs now and when you hear the bell, you must come down and begin the tour. No one is allowed into the Clock Museum without a tour guid ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess I’m a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like it’s going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Pigs I have known

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

I recently had the privilege of addressing the Fillmore County Pork Producers at their annual banquet. As a group they were very prompt, very polite, and I felt a little bad about keeping some of them up so late. Earl ..... 
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