PLEA DEAL

Plea deal rejected by 3 ex-officers in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS – Prosecutors have revealed that they offered plea deals to three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd, but say the defendants rejected them. Judge Peter Cahill held a Monday evening hearing mostly to consider whether he has the authority to allow live video coverage of the upcoming trial set for former…

South Dakota Attorney General to take plea deal in fatal crash

Jason Ravnsborg interviewed by police following fatal crash PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will avoid a trial and take a plea deal for misdemeanor traffic charges in a crash last year in which he hit and killed a man who was walking along a rural highway, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Beadle County State’s Attorney Michael Moore,…

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Chauvin was in talks to plead guilty before arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9)–Just four days after the death of George Floyd, and the day before former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested, federal and state prosecutors were negotiating a possible plea deal with Chauvin, the FOX 9 Investigators have learned. Sources familiar with the scuttled negotiations say it would have been a “universal deal” that would have included state…

Judge Rejects Plea Deal for Man Accused of Child Neglect

Henry is accused of leaving the children, ages 5, 2 and an infant, home alone in October.

MINOT, N.D.–A judge has rejected a plea agreement for a Minot man accused of leaving his three young children home alone and threatening a convenience store clerk with a knife. The state agreed to the deal which would have dismissed some charges against 27-year-old Christian Joel Henry. Among the charges against Henry are several counts of child neglect. He’s accused…

Co-Owner of Mango’s Reaches Plea Deal For Harboring Illegal Aliens

The plea agreement must still be approved by a federal judge

FARGO, N.D. — A co-owner of Mango’s Mexican & American Grill in Fargo has reached a plea deal on federal charges of harboring illegal aliens. Court documents reveal that Jose Gutierrez shielded two workers from detection by hiring them as cooks. The plea agreement says Gutierrez paid the workers in cash and kept them off the books. Under terms of…

Regulators Question Grain Business Ponzi Scheme Plea Deal

Prosecutors allege 22-year-old Hunter Hanson of Leeds was running his grain business like a Ponzi scheme

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota regulators are raising questions about a plea deal a grain trader reached with federal prosecutors. Prosecutors allege 22-year-old Hunter Hanson of Leeds was running his grain business like a Ponzi scheme. Hanson plans to plead guilty to money laundering and wire fraud charges. The deal calls for him to forfeit his assets and pay $11.4…

Former Moorhead Superintendent Candidate Reaches Plea Deal For Indecent Exposure

Scott Staska was accused of exposing himself at stores in St. Cloud and Waite Park

ST. CLOUD, MN — A former candidate for school superintendent in Moorhead has pleaded guilty to indecent exposure. Scott Staska was accused of exposing himself at stores in St. Cloud and Waite Park between May 2017 and April 2018. He pleaded not guilty to all 19 counts in May. But under a plea deal reached on Friday, he pleaded guilty to…

Moorhead Man Reaches Plea Deal In Shooting Death Of West Fargo man

Neil Johnson Admitted Smoking Meth Before Killing Jacob Glover

Neil Johnson & Jacob GloverMOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man has struck a deal with prosecutors in the death of a West Fargo man who once lived in his garage. 26-year-old Neil Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder without intent. Another charge was dropped as part of the plea deal. Prosecutors say Johnson shot 28 year-old Jacob Glover with a…

Pipeline Protester Accused Of Poaching Deer Reaches Plea Deal

Charge Could Be Dismissed

MORTON CO., N.D. — One of four men charged with poaching deer during the Dakota Access pipeline protests has reached a deal with prosecutors to dismiss his case. Danny LeClaire of Pocatello, Idaho, was charged last year with a misdemeanor count of unlawful taking of a big game animal. Under the deal approved by a judge, the case will be…

Fargo Man Reaches Plea Deal in Sex Assault Case

A trial that was set to begin at the end of last January was called off when the change of plea was announced

  FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel last fall has reached a plea deal. Adam Anderson pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in Cass County District Court. A trial that was set to begin at the end of last January was called off when the change of plea was…