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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
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Felony Sentencing

• Todd Allen Tollefsrud, 40, of Mabel, was sentenced in Fillmore County District Court on December 1, 2008 to five years probation after pleading guilty to felony theft .

According to court records, Tollefsrud admitted that between May 2005 and September 2006, he sold a John Deere 430 Crawler tractor belonging to a Bethlehem, PA man. As part of a plea agreement all other charges were dismissed.

Judge Robert Benson stayed adjudication of sentencing for five years and ordered Tollefsrud to serve 30 days in jail, pay $1000 fine and make restitution of $16,500.

• Matthew John Hinze, 20, of Spring Valley, was sentenced in District Court on December 1, 2008 to 20 years probation after pleading guilty to felony theft .

According to court documents, Hinze admitted that on July 3, 2007, he stole several firearms valued at $1750 from a Spring Valley home with the intent to sell them.

Judge Benson stayed imposition of sentencing for 20 years and ordered Hinze to serve 30 days in jail, pay $1000 fine and make restitution of $1404.

• Nicholas Hugh Stier, 50, of Spring Valley was sentenced in District Court on December 1, 2008 to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to felony theft.

According to court records, Stier admitted that between January 2004 and February 2007, he bilked an Oklahoma customer of the business he worked for out of $13,000 in shipping costs the customer didn't need to pay. The money was sent directly to Stier's residence.

Judge Benson stayed imposition of sentencing for 10 years, and ordered Stier to serve 30 days in jail and pay $6,000 fine.

• Michael Larry Chester, 29, of Kasson, was sentenced in District Court on December 1, 2008 to three years probation after entering an Alford Plea to Criminal Vehicle Operation - Bodily Harm. With an Alford Plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the evidence is substantial enough that it may lead to a conviction.

According to court documents, on October 18, 2006, Chester left Suzie's Roadhouse in Ostrander without paying his bill, got in his vehicle and tried to flee. Two men got in front of the vehicle, with Chester driving off hitting one of the men. The man later underwent surgery at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Judge Benson stayed imposition of sentencing for three years and ordered Chester to serve 90 days in jail, pay $3,000 fine and make restitution of $48,329.83.

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