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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, May 22nd, 2009
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Felony Charges/Appearances

A Wykoff man, Andrew Leigh Mullen, 42, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson on May 4, 2009, relating to three counts revolving around allegedly possessing controlled substances and conspiring to sell. Bail was set at $3,000 conditional and $10,000 unconditional, with an order for Mullen to make no contact with witnesses. His next appearance was scheduled for May 18, 2009.

Evan Wayne Long of Spring Valley, 21, appeared before Judge Benson on May 4, 2009, facing five counts all revolving around an alledged theft taking place on October 12, 2008. Long was released on his own recognizance with an unconditional bail set at $10,000 and expectations that he would not make contact with any co-defenders. He will be notified of the next court appearance.

According to court documents, appearing on May 8, 2009 before Judge Benson, Trevor Daniel Schweitzer of Preston, age 30, faced three counts involving the alleged possession of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, possession or sales of small amounts of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia on May 6, 2009.

Judge Robert R. Benson released Schweitzer on his own recognizance with $10,000 unconditional bail with his next appearance scheduled for May 18, 2009.

On May 18, 2009, a Racine man, Ryan Michael Schroeder appeared before Judge Leahy, facing four charges for an alledged October 12, 2008 theft of a $11,165 John Deer Gator and an $800.00 golf cart. Count 1, theft, of theft carries a maximum penalty of 10 years or $20,000, or both, Count 2, receiving stolen property, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years or $20,000, or both, Count 3, theft, carries a maximum penalty of five years or $10,000, or both, Count 4, receiving stolen property, carries a maximum penalty of five years or $10,000, or both.

Schroeder also appeared in court, facing two charges revolving around theft, for allegedly stealing a $1,500 Arctic Cat ZL 600 snowmobile from a rural Spring Valley man on December 19, 2008.

Additionally, Schroeder faced two charges for the alledged December 12, 2008 theft of a 2000 Arctic Cat ZL 500 EFI snowmobile from a rural Spring Valley man.

Schroeder was released on his own recognizance with an unconditional bail set at $15,000, with expectations of making no contact with co-defenders. His next court appearance was scheduled for June 1, 2009 before Judge Thompson.

Felony Sentencing

According to court documents, on May 4, 2009, a 45-year-old Stewartville man, Dwayne Jay Smith, represented by Rochester attorney Frederick S. Suhler, Jr., plead guilty to a December 2, 2006 incident in Chatfield. Smith faced one count of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree and one count of giving a peace officer a false name.

For the first count, Judge Benson sentenced Smith to serve 40 days in the Fillmore County jail with credit for 40 days served, in addition to $587 in fines and fees. For the second count, Smith will face five years of supervised probation and 50 hours of community work service, along with $3,000 in fines and 365 days in the Fillmore County Jail.

Court records showed that a Spring Valley man, Evan Wayne Long, age 21, was sentenced on May 4, 2009 for two counts revolving around the alledged January 4, 2008 theft of a 1996 500 Polaris Tour Trail snowmobile valued at $1,500. Both counts carry a maximum penalty of five years prision or $10,000 fine, or both.

Long is to pay $127 in fines and fees, along with serving 60 days in the Fillmore County Jail with credit for 101 days previously served as of the sentencing date. Five years probation was stayed, 100 hours of community work service. Long must pay $3,282.19 to one victim and $1,430.00 to another victim, as restitution, along with submit a letter of apology to the victims and have it submitted to the probation agent within 10 days.

Court documents showed that Ryan Scott Rindels of Ostrander, age 20, went before Judge Robert R. Benson on May 4, 2009 to be sentenced for events that alledgedly occurred on October 12, 2008. Rindels was facing five counts revolving around the theft of a John Deere Gator valued at $11,650.00 and a golf cart valued at $800.00.

Rindels was sentenced to serve six months in the Fillmore County jail with credit for 132 days previously served. He must pay $2,070 in fines and fees, with option to use Sentence to Service or community work service on fine only. Along with submitting letters of apology to the victims through Court Services within 10 days, Rindels must pay the $7,871.24 restitution to Bloomfield Mutual Insurance and $100 to the victim. In addition, Rindels is responsible for another $638.63 to be paid as restitution to another victim. Imposition sentence is stayed for 10 years for supervised probation.

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