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Teen Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Attack on Guards

The inmates were accused of choking one guard and handcuffing him.

MANDAN, N.D.–A teenager has been sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an attack on guards at a juvenile corrections center in Mandan. Seventeen-year-old Elijah Barse and three other youths were accused in the uprising at the Youth Correctional Center in January 2018. The inmates were accused of choking one guard and handcuffing him in an attempt…

Father Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Infant’s Death

He pleaded guilty Wednesday.

HASTINGS, Minn.–A Burnsville man who killed his infant son has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Michael Herkal admitted slapping and violently shaking the 13-day-old baby after the child wouldn’t stop crying. He pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of Anthony Herkal and was sentenced to 290 months in prison. Police responded to a report of…

Gonvick Woman Sentenced For Running Over Boyfriend

47-year-old Beth Windus pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide

GONVICK, Minn. — A Gonvick, Minnesota woman has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for running over and killing her boyfriend in late August. 47-year-old Beth Windus pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 51-year-old Jonathon Sundquist. The complaint says Sundquist became upset when he came home from work and there was no dinner. When…

Grain Trader Sentenced For Wire Fraud And Money Laundering

The judge has also ordered 22-year-old Hunter Hanson of Leeds to pay over $11 million in restitution

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota grain trader accused of running his business like a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 8 years in prison. The judge has also ordered 22-year-old Hunter Hanson of Leeds to pay over $11 million in restitution. He will also have to forfeit property. Hanson pleaded guilty in July to charges of wire fraud and…

Families Impacted by Drunk Driver Awarded Over One Billion Dollars

Jason Morsette, is serving 25-years in prison for the accident.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A jury has awarded the families impacted by a drunk driving incident in 2015 $1,157,000,000 in past, future and non-economic punitive damages. The incident resulted in the deaths of Abby Renschler and Taylor Goven and left Shayna Monson critically injured. The amounts awarded to Renschler and Goven are to be provided to their families. The defendant, Jason Morsette, is…

3 Years Behind Bars for Man Accused of Stealing Skid Steer

The skid steer was valued at $80,000.

MINOT, N.D.–A Minot man has been sent to prison for three years for stealing a Bobcat skid-steer loader from the Ward County Highway Department. Thirty-year-old Michael Schell must also serve three years of probation and pay more than $1,100 in court costs for stealing the skid steer valued at $80,000 last January. Investigators sent a cigarette butt and vape with…

Staff Shortage Increases Overtime at Minnesota Prisons

The DOC had 113 officer vacancies as of Sept. 17.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Corrections almost doubled the overtime it paid prison staff in the past year because of a chronic staff shortage. The state’s DOC data shows it paid $12.3 million for more than 262,000 hours of overtime during fiscal year 2019. That’s up from the year before when the DOC paid $6.9 million of overtime for…

Man on Probation for Murder Arrested for Drunken Driving

McIntosh County State's Attorney Mary DePuydt has filed a petition to revoke Caspers' probation.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A return to prison is possible for a man convicted in a 2010 murder after he was arrested this week for driving while intoxicated. 36-year-old Nicholas Caspers served about 6 years in prison for the death of Paul Varner before he was released on probation in 2017. He pleaded guilty to felony murder in 2011. The state Department of…

Teen Who Assaulted Officer Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Johnson is one of four teens charged in the January 2018 disturbance.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A teen who pleaded guilty to assaulting an officer during a disturbance at the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. Seventeen-year-old Gavin Johnson is one of four teens charged in the January 2018 disturbance. Morton County Assistant State’s Attorney Austin Gunderson says Johnson followed a correctional officer into a closet and assisted…

Record Use of Solitary Confinement in Minnesota Last Year

The number of solitary sentences has been going up steadily for the last two years.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A record number of Minnesota prison inmates were placed in solitary confinement last year. The Minnesota Department of Corrections placed inmates in solitary more than 8,000 times in 2018. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the number of solitary sentences has been going up steadily for the last two years. Last session, the Minnesota Legislature passed…