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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 4th, 2007
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Felony Charges

Three people appeared in court on Monday, April 30, facing felony charges for criminal damage to property for destroying rural mailboxes near Spring Valley in August 2006.

According to court records, it is alleged that Ryan Keith Braun, 20, of Spring Valley; Christine Ann Winters, 20, of Wykoff; and Justin James Parsons, 23, of Spring Valley; used a vehicle belonging to Parsons to damage five rural mailboxes as well as a sign belonging to the Spring Valley Gun Club. In addition to the felony charges, Braun and Parsons face careless driving charges.

Judge Robert Benson released the three on their own recognizance, pending their next scheduled court appearance on May 21, 2007.

• Gust Lloyd McConnell, 42, of Spring Valley, was charged in District Court on April 30, with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine. McConnell was also charged with driving without a valid license.

According to the criminal complaint, McConnell was arrested by law enforcement officers for driving without a license on March 10, 2007. It is alleged that a search of the vehicle showed a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine contained trace elements of the drug.

Judge Benson released McConnell on his own recognizance pending his next court appearance on May 21, 2007.

Felony Sentencing

• Michael Roger Rosecke, 45, of Chatfield, was sentenced to 13 months in prison with a stay of execution for five years after pleading guilty to theft.

According to court documents, Rosecke stole a vehicle belonging to a Chatfield man on January 23, 2007.

Judge Benson ordered Rosecke to serve 75 days in jail, with credit for 57 days served. He also ordered Rosecke to pay a $1000 fine and pay any restitution.

• Richard Lee Olson, 46, no known address, was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to theft by check. All other charges were dismissed. Olson is already serving time in prison at the correctional facility in Faribault for other charges.

According to court records, Olson passed counterfeit checks at two retail outlets in Spring Valley on April 15, 2006.

Judge Benson ordered Olson to pay a $50 fine and restitution of $401.

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