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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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Cody Garness of Canton appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson in District Court Monday, April 18, 2011, for sentencing. Attorney for the defense was Pamela Geving; prosecuting attorney was Brett Corson. Based upon the defendant's plea of guilty to count 5, receiving stolen goods, the Court found him guilty and dismissed all remaining charges against him in the complaint. The Court ordered that imposition of the sentence be stayed for five years and the defendant placed on supervised probation. He furthered ordered that Mr. Garness serve 90 days in the Fillmore County jail with credit for three days of time already served. After 30 days, the remaining 60-day sentence may be served at a rate of five days per month beginning June 1. Upon verification of employment, the defendant was granted the Huber release for work. In addition he must pay fines and fees totaling $3,090 and is jointly liable for restitution to Greenway Co-op for $11,270.00. He was also ordered to reimburse the Minnesota State Public Defender's fund $100. In lieu of some of the fines, the defendant can participate in a community work service or sentence to serve program.

Also appearing before Judge Robert R. Benson in District Court for sentencing on Monday, April 18, 2011, was Tanya Marie Benson. Brett Corson was the prosecuting attorney in this case and Frederick S. Suhler, Jr., was the attorney representing the defendant. Based upon her plea of guilty to Count 1, violation of domestic abuse - no contact order and count 4, falsely reporting a crime, the Court found the defendant guilty of both counts and dismissed all remaining charges against her in the complaint. Imposition of sentencing was stayed for five years and the defendant was placed on supervised probation. Regarding count 1, the defendant must serve 200 days in the Fillmore County jail with credit for 94 days already served. She may serve this remaining time at a rate of five days per month beginning May 1. The Court also imposed a $2,000 fine, which can be worked off, and other fees and charges amounting to $90. Regarding court 4, false report of a crime, the Court ordered the defendant to pay a fine of $1,000 and serve 90 days in the Fillmore County jail provided that execution of $950 of that fine and the jail time is stayed for one year. She also must reimburse the public defender's fund $100.

Ryan Matthew Vangness appeared before Judge Benson in District Court for sentencing on April 18, 2011. Attorney Frederick S. Suhler, Jr. represented the defendant. Attorney Brett Corson was the prosecuting attorney. Based upon his plea of guilty to count 3, fleeing a police officer, and count 4, domestic assault, the Court found Mr. Vangness guilty as charged and dismissed all other remaining charges in the complaint. On count 3, the Court ordered the defendant to be committed to the Commissioner of Corrections for a period of 13 months with two-thirds of that time spent in prison and one-third of the time on supervised release. Execution of this sentence was stayed for three years and the defendant was placed on supervised probation. He must serve 140 days in the Fillmore County jail with credit for 64 days already served. The Court also ordered Mr. Vangness to pay fines and fees totaling $1,590 which can be worked off in a community service work program. He was also ordered to pay $750 in restitution. Regarding count 4, domestic assault, the defendant was fined $1,000 and ordered to spend 90 days in the county jail. Execution of $950 of the fine and the jail time was stayed for one year. He was, however, ordered to pay $150 to the public defender's fund.

On Monday, April 25, 2011, Ryan Michael Scott appeared in District Court before Judge Robert R. Benson for sentencing. Representing Mr. Scott was attorney Richard J. Smith of Rochester. Prosecuting attorney was Brett Corson. Based upon the defendant's plea of guilty to count 2, felony theft, the Court found him guilty as charged and dismissed all remaining charges in the complaint. The Court further ordered the imposition of sentencing be stayed for five years and Mr. Scott was placed on supervised probation. The defendant was further ordered to serve 75 days in the Fillmore County jail with credit for 52 days served. In lieu of a $1,000 fine the defendant may perform community work service. He was also ordered to pay fines and feels totaling $240 and restitution of $250.

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