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Fillmore County District Court 12.10.12


Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
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November 27, 2012, Riley Jordan Joefs, 31 of Spring Valley, appeared before Judge Robert Benson at the Fillmore County Courthouse. He was charged with Assault in the 2nd Degree, which has a maximum penalty of 7 years, $14,000 or both; Terroristic Threats- reckless disregard for risk, which has a maximum penalty of 5 years, $10,000 or both; and two counts of Assault in the 5th Degree, each with a maximum penalty of 90 days, $1,000 or both.

The charges stem from an incident in which Joefs reported two people had assaulted him, and had his leg broken. Joefs got into a fight with two men, and one of them allegedly ran his foot over with a car. Joefs ran after them, they got into a fight, one of the men allegedly assaulted Joefs, and Joefs allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened him.

Joefs was released on his own recognizance and $14,000 unconditional bail, and his next court appearance is January 16, 2013.

December 3, 2012, Kenneth Lee Koch, 24 of Harmony, appeared before Judge Benson for sentencing. He was found guilty of violating a no contact order within ten years of first two or more convictions. He was sentenced to the Commissioner of Corrections for 15 months, which was stayed for five years. He was also given five years supervised probation, and 90 days at the Fillmore County Jail with credit for 33 days served.

James Robert Branch, 37 of Harmony, was charged with two counts of Domestic Assault and two counts of Disorderly Conduct. The charges stem from an incident in which Branch was fighting with his fiancé, and he had allegedly been drinking and allegedly assaulted her. He was given $1,000 conditional bail, and $3,000 unconditional, and must not go within 100 feet of victim’s workstation.

Erin Jean Hanson, 31 of Rushford, was charged with aiding an offender to avoid arrest- harbor/conceal. Police found a convicted felon who had allegedly been staying at a house that belonged to Hanson’s father, and Hanson allegedly knew he was there and knew that police were looking for him. Hanson was released on her own recognizance with $5,000 conditional bail.

Michael Adam Skurdahl, 36 of Rochester, appeared before Judge Benson for sentencing. He was found guilty of Check Forgery and sentenced to the St. Cloud Correctional Facility for 19 months, which was stayed for five years. He also received five years supervised probation, and 166 days in the Fillmore County Jail, with credit for 97 days served.

Izaak Winter Parker, 38 of Winona, also appeared before Judge Benson for sentencing. He was found guilty of receiving stolen property, and was sentenced to the Commissioner of Corrections for 15 months with credit for 340 days served.

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