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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
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Felony Sentencing

• Richard William LaBonne, 40, of Harmony, was sentenced in Fillmore County District Court by Judge Robert Benson to 94 months in prison, with credit given for 606 days served in jail.

LaBonne pled guilty on April 21, 2008 to possession of 24 grams of methamphetamine. As part of the plea agreement, 20 additional felony charges, including possession of cocaine and marijuana, as well as a felon in possession of a firearm, were dismissed.

According to court documents, LaBonne admitted to possessing methamphetamine when stopped by law enforcement in Rushford on October 13, 2006 following a road rage incident.

In addition to being sentenced to prison, Judge Benson ordered LaBonne to pay a $5000 fine.

• Roger James Bergman, 34, of Chatfield, was sentenced in District Court by Judge Benson to three years probation, fined $3000 and ordered to serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to domestic assault by strangulation. He was given credit for 132 days served in jail.

According to the court record, on July 29, 2007 Bergman admitted to grabbing a woman companion by the neck when she was laying on the bed during a domestic dispute.

Judge Benson sentenced Bergman to 15 months in prison, but stayed execution of sentencing for three years. Bergman cannot have any contact with the victim and must undergo psychological evaluation.

Felony Charges

• Evan Wayne Long, 20, of Spring Valley, was charged in District Court on Monday, June 9, 2008, with two sets of charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that on December 20, 2007, Long took a 1996 Polaris XLT snowmobile valued at $1000 from a Spring Valley man. It is further alleged that on January 4, 2008, Long took a second snowmobile, a 1996 500 Polaris valued at $1500 from another Spring Valley man.

Judge Benson released Long on his own recognizance pending his next court appearance on June 30, 2008.

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