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Fillmore County Court Report - 10/10/11


Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
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On Monday, October 3, 2011, Jay J. Johnson, age 44 of Spring Valley, appeared before Judge Robert Benson for sentencing at the Fillmore County Courthouse. He was found guilty of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, which has a maximum sentence of 3 years and one day, $5,000, or both. The charges stem from an incident in Spring Valley where Johnson was arrested after driving a snowmobile while intoxicated. The police officer tried to stop the snowmobile after it went through two stop signs, and he did not stop for them. It was later discovered he had been drinking.

Johnson received a stay of imposition of sentence for three years, with supervised probation. Within 30 days of sentencing, Johnson must attend an outpatient chemical dependency treatment program. He must also spend 30 days in the Fillmore County jail, with work privileges upon verified employment. He must pay fees of $1,090, and submit a letter of apology to the officer involved.

Also appearing before Judge Benson on October 3 was Noah Michael Packingham, age 24 of Ostrander, for two separate incidents. Packinghouse was charged with burglary in the second degree, and burglary in the third degree, after he was arrested for stealing from the Ostrander Co-op on August 26, 2011. Packinghouse allegedly stole copper and melting metal from a grain bin at the Co-op and sold it at LeRoy Iron and Metal.

Packingham was also charged with Theft of a motor vehicle without owner's consent, which has a maximum sentence of five years, $10,000, or both; receiving stolen property, with the same sentence, and DWI, with a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, $1,000 or both. All of these come from an incident on June 5, 2011. Odd Couple Repair in Ostrander reported a vehicle missing that they had worked on. Police were called to the scene of an accident outside Ostrander. Packingham had been in an accident and admitted to stealing the vehicle.

For each incident, Packingham was released on $20,000 unconditional bail. He must not come within 50 feet of the victims' property. His next court appearance is October 10, 2011.

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