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Ostrander man charged with criminal vehicular homicide


Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
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PRESTON - Braden Dylan Knutson, 22, of Ostrander, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on December 29, 2008, with four felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide and 10 felony counts of criminal vehicular operation related to a fatal accident on May 21, 2008 near Ostrander.

According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that Knutson was driving his car while under the influence of alcohol, at speeds in excess of 30 miles-per-hour, when he lost control and struck a tree. One person in the car, Tyler Bunne of LeRoy was killed in the accident. Three other passengers suffered injuries and were transported to St. Marys Hospital, along with Knutson.

A Highway Patrol re-enactment of the crash scene concluded that Knutson had been "street jumping" a bump at the intersection of County Roads 1 and 3 when he lost control, struck a mailbox, became airborne and struck a tree. Knutson registered an alcohol level of greater than .16 at the hospital following the accident.

Judge Robert Benson released Knutson on his own recognizance pending his next court appearance on March 2, 2009. He is being represented in court by Attorney Zachary Bauer.

Felony Charges

• Daniel Gay Abbott, 19, of Spring Valley, was charged on December 29, 2008 with three counts of criminal sexual conduct.

According to court records, it is alleged that around August 1, 2008, Abbott had sexual contact with a female minor, who was between the ages of 13 and 16.

Abbott was released after posting $5000 conditional bail. No date has been set for his next court appearance.

Felony Sentencing

• Nathan Ray Feltis, 23 of Spring Valley, was sentenced by Judge Benson in District Court on Monday, December 29, 2008, to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct. Benson stayed imposition of sentencing for 10 years. All other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Feltis admitted to the court that between September 19 and December 31, 2007, he had sexual contact with a female minor, whose age was between 13 and 16.

Judge Benson also ordered Feltis to serve 180 days in jail, pay a $6000 fine and register as a sexual offender. Feltis must also participate in sexual offender treatment. He can have no contact with the victim nor minors below the age of 18. Restitution has been reserved.

• Seevert Bernell Gronvold, 61, of Grand Meadow was sentenced by Judge Benson in District Court on December 29, 2008, to seven years probation after pleading guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.

Gronvold admitted to the court that on January 15, 2008, he attempted to drive his motor vehicle away from law enforcement after being ordered to stop, injuring a police officer.

Judge Benson sentenced Gronvold to 21 months in prison, but stayed execution of sentencing for seven years. He also ordered Gronvold to serve 90 days in jail, with seven days credit served, and pay a $1500 fine.

• Jerad Reicher McCann, 23, of Hammond, MN, was sentenced by Judge Benson in District Court to three years probation after pleading guilty to fleeing a police officer.

McCann admitted to the court that he and two friends were riding their motorcycles three abreast on April 4, 2008 and that he fled when a law enforcement vehicle stopped the men.

Judge Benson stayed adjudication of guilt for three years, ordered McCann to pay a $1500 fine and serve 18 days in jail.

• Evan Wayne Long, 20, of Spring Valley, was sentenced by Judge Benson on Monday, December 28, 2008, to 15 years probation after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct. Benson stayed imposition of sentencing for 15 years.

Long admitted to the court that in March 2007, he had sexual contact with a female minor, whose age was between 13 and 16.

Judge Benson also ordered Long to serve 180 days in jail, pay a $1000 fine and attend sexual offender treatment. He can have no contact with the victim nor minors below the age of 18.

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