Bemidji Woman Sentenced For Freezing Death Of 6-Year-Old CousinA 23-year-old Bemidji woman convicted of manslaughter in the freezing death of her young cousin was sentenced this week to 10 years of probation. The Beltrami County Attorney's Office says Rachel Stacey Downer was going to spend the night at her aunt's apartment on a bitterly cold night in February of 2014 because her aunt was on pain medication and needed someone to watch her children.
Hibbing Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Toddler's DeathA 27-year-old Hibbing man struck a plea deal with prosecutors after admitting to causing the death of a 2-year-old girl in 2012. The St. Louis County Attorney's office says Russell Shannon Johnson pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Caroline Shenze Marie Medicine-Chavez.
North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty In Killing Of Minnesota ManA North Dakota man accused of killing a man in Minnesota has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors. Twenty-five-year-old Ray Littlewolf Jr., of Devils Lake, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and felony theft in the March death of 64-year-old Ronald Foss near Viking, Minnesota.
2 Charged In Separate Infant Deaths In Dakota CountyTwo people were charged in Dakota County Friday in separate cases involving the deaths of infants. The Dakota County Attorney’s office charged 46-year-old Paul Richard Sandell and 63-year-old Janet Marie Kartheiser with one count each of second-degree manslaughter.
Eagan Woman Charged With Death Of GrandsonA 49-year-old Eagan woman faces a manslaughter charge after her infant grandson died while in her care in 2012. Johanna Mercedes Limpert Beeler was charged Friday with second-degree manslaughter for the death of her two-month-old grandson, Brayden Michael Beeler, on July 7, 2012.
Man Charged In Synthetic Drug Death Of Duluth WomanA 27-year-old Eveleth man faces third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in connection with the synthetic drug-related death of a Duluth woman in 2013. The St. Louis County Sheriff's office says Bryan Joseph Hodapp is accused of supplying 21-year-old Leann Wicklund with the substance called 25I-NBOMe, a psychedelic synthetic drug, on Aug. 30, 2013.
Suspect In Death Of Adrian Peterson's Son Back In CustodySouth Dakota authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office says Joseph Patterson violated the terms of his bond by contacting the boy's mother.
Dismissal Motion To Be Filed In Fatal Trooper CrashThe attorney for a Minnesota state trooper indicted on manslaughter charges in a fatal crash in Cannon Falls says he will file a motion to dismiss the indictment.
Authorities: Blaine Man Dies After Altercation Outside VFWAn apparent altercation outside a VFW in western Minnesota has claimed the life of a Blaine man. Bradley Friesen, 43, was living in Thief Rivier Falls studying for a career change. But on Dec. 17, 2014, prosecutors say he was knocked unconscious outside the local VFW. He died five days later.
Judge: History Of Violence Can Be Used In TrialA judge says a history of violence against children can be used as evidence against a Sioux Falls man accused of killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Bemidji Woman Found Incompetent In Freezing DeathA Bemidji woman who allegedly allowed her 6-year-old cousin to freeze to death has been found incompetent to stand trial. Twenty-two-year-old Rachel Stacey Downer was charged with manslaughter in the death of Mercedes Mayfield.
19-Year-Old Charged In Death Of Teen Found Buried In SnowA 19-year-old Kasson man is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a Byron teen, who died outside on a subzero morning after a night of drug use. According to the Dodge County Attorney's Office, Darren James Rice is accused of kicking 15-year-old Noah Graddy out of Rice's grandmother's house in the early morning of Jan. 22.