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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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Felony Charges

Lee Allen Comstock, 20, Spring Valley, and Amber Lee Finley, 23, Chatfield, were charged with two felony counts of check forgery stemming from an incident on September 15. According to the criminal complaint, the two are alleged to have falsely altered a check belonging to another person and offered that check for payment at the Security State Bank in Spring Valley.

Judge Robert Benson set conditional bail for Comstock at $1,500. He is presently being held at the Fillmore County Jail. Finley was released on her own recognizance. Both defendants have requested a public defender be appointed to represent them. Their next court appearance is scheduled for November 3.

Michael Roy Caldwell, 41, Harmony, was released on $25,000 bail bond after being charged with felony assault in the 2nd degree - dangerous weapon, related to an incident in Granger on October 23. According to the criminal complaint, Caldwell is alleged to have pointed a rifle at another man during a dispute and making terroristic threats.

Caldwell is scheduled to appear in District Court on November 3.

Felony Dispositions

Charles Edward Brand, 69 , of Rushford, plead guilty to felony making terroristic threats related to a domestic dispute on April 24, 2003. According to the court record, Brand made terroristic threats against his wife.

Judge Robert Benson sentenced Brand within Gross Misdemeanor guidelines. Brand was fined $3000 and ordered to serve 365 days in jail. $2900 and all of the jail time was stayed for two years, at which time the defendant will be on probation and must undergo counseling and display no assaultive behavior.

Kyle Edward Hanson, 24, of Cresco, was sentenced to five years probation by Judge Robert Benson after pleading guilty to felony conspiracy to commit controlled substance in the third degree. The charges stem from a series of incidents between November 2002 and January 16, 2003, where Hanson and his wife, Jada Hanson, manufactured methamphetamine at their rural home in Bristol Township.

Hanson was sentenced to five years probation. A prison sentence of 366 days in jail was stayed for five years, however the defendant must serve 30 days in jail. He must complete chemical dependency treatment, cannot use alcohol or drugs and must pay $450 to the State of Minnesota Public Defenders Fund. He was also fined $300.

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