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Fillmore County Court Report - 12/19/11


Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
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On Monday, December 12, 2011, Mark Anthony Heath, age 38 of Lanesboro, appeared before Judge James Fabian at the Fillmore County Court for sentencing. The prosecuting attorney was Brett Corson, and Samuel McCloud was the defense attorney.

Heath was convicted of two counts of Assault in the 2nd Degree with a Dangerous Weapon stemming from an incident in June. At that time, Heath had allegedly fired a gun in his home and threatened more than one person. For the first charge, Heath was given 60 months at the MN Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, with credit for 176 days already served. He was given the same sentence for the second charge. He must also submit a DNA sample and pay $90 in fines and fees.

Ryan Allen Niday, age 24 of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, appeared before Judge Robert Benson on December 12 for sentencing. Niday was convicted of theft of movable property, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and $10,000. All other charges were dismissed. The conviction came from an incident on January 30 in which Niday aided and abetted someone to steal some electronic equipment from a home. Niday was sentenced to the MN Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for 21 months, with credit given for 67 days already served. He must also pay $140 in fees.

Joan Elizabeth Torgerson, 36 of Mabel, made a first appearance before Judge Benson on December 12. Torgerson was charged with one count of 5th Degree possession of drugs for allegedly possessing methamphetamines. This carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail, $10,000, or both. She was also charged with allegedly driving under the influence of a controlled substance, refusing to submit to a chemical test, and careless driving.

Torgerson was pulled over by law enforcement on October 11 for crossing over the centerline. She failed the field sobriety tests, and police found a glass pipe with residue in the vehicle. Torgerson was released on her own recognizance with $10,000 unconditional bail. She will be sentenced on December 19, 2011.

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