Christmas behind bars comes with little of the typical holiday cheer for inmates at St. Cloud prison. But staff members at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud are working to give it some holiday touch with religious services, treat bags and special Christmas meals.
Federal officials say a 39-year-old man was sentenced this week to more than 12 years in prison for orchestrating a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.
The United States Attorney’s Office announced Thursday the sentencing of two men who committed unrelated violent crimes on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. In the U.S. District Court in Duluth Wednesday, Fernando Luis May-Gil-Garcia, 29, and 25-year-old Avery Wade Schoenborn both received sentences of 84 months, or 7 years, in prison. Both are enrolled members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.
A former Little Canada chiropractor will spend the next four years behind bars. Fifty-four-year-old Paul Thompson, of Vadnais Heights, admitted to sexually assaulting a woman who had been his patient for more than 10 years. In addition to serving four years in prison, he must also register as a sex offender.
One of the most recognizable buildings in Minnesota — the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud — is turning 125. Since 1889, 55 acres of property in central Minnesota has been home to the St. Cloud prison. Once you get inside the granite wall, you can see why this site was chosen.
A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison for filing false income tax returns in order to obtain tax refunds, according to court documents.
Two inmates at a Minnesota prison are accused of filing $400,000 in false tax claims to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Tony Terrell Robinson, 30, and Tanka James Tetzlaff, 39, were each charged Tuesday with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and 10 counts each of making false claims.
A 21-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced Wednesday to more than eight years in prison for his part in two violent, gang-related crimes last fall, both filmed on cellphones. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Allen Derrell Gaines was convicted of one count of aiding and abetting aggravated robbery in two separate cases.
A Menahga man was indicted Friday in the strangulation death of a 19-year-old woman in February, according to the Hubbard County Attorney’s Office. Harley David Leritz, 21, was indicted on first- and second-degree murder charges by a grand jury in the death of Kiela Knowles.
A convicted killer recently questioned in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling has died. Delbert Huber, 83, passed away just one day after he sat down for an interview with WCCO’s Esme Murphy. Authorities say foul play is not suspected.
A northeastern Minnesota man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally stabbing a Duluth landlord. Forty-two-year-old Raymond Weeks pleaded guilty in March to intentional second-degree murder.
The Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater is celebrating 100 years in operation. The historic building has approximately 20 acres within the walls and has over 60 buildings that house more than 1,600 offenders. “I think over those years we’ve made a lot of great strides and improvements in what we do,” warden Michelle Smith said.
In July 2012 a judge sentenced Amy Senser to nearly 41 months for the hit-and-run death of Anousone Phanthavong. Less than two years later, she’s headed to work release. On Thursday, Senser is expected to move from the Shakopee Women’s Prison to either a county jail or halfway house at night and a job during the day. She’s expected to be there for six months before starting parole in October.
Amy Senser is scheduled to leave prison this week to enter a work release facility. Starting this Thursday, the wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser will be transferred from the Shakopee prison to a jail or halfway house.
A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in a synthetic drug conspiracy case in North Dakota. Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers on Monday announced the sentence against 24-year-old Casey Stevens Rosen.