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Amy Senser Granted Early Release From Prison

State officials say Amy Senser, who’s serving time for a fatal hit and run, will be released nearly six months early from prison. The Department of Corrections says Senser applied for a transfer to a jail or halfway house for work release, and it was approved. Senser is the wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser. She was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in the 2011 death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong.

03/07/2014

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3rd Defendant Sentenced In ID Theft Ring Targeting State Employees

A 32-year-old St. Paul woman has been sentenced to prison for her role in a wide-ranging identity theft ring.

03/06/2014

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Talking Points: Legality Of MN’s Sex Offender Program

A ruling late last week says the legislature needs to act to fix a draconian system that Minnesota uses to lock up more than 700 sexually dangerous offenders.

02/23/2014

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Audit: Coordination Of Prison Health Care Needed

A state audit says health care services for the approximately 9,000 adult inmates in Minnesota prisons should be better coordinated and more accountable. Minnesota has one of the lowest inmate mortality rates in the nation.

02/21/2014

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Lawmakers Working To Get Compensation For The Wrongfully Imprisoned

A push is underway to compensate people who were exonerated for crimes for which they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

01/28/2014

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Minn. Man Reflects On Months Spent In UAE Prison

A Minnesota man is opening up about spending nine months in a United Arab Emirates prison. Authorities arrested 29-year-old Shez Cassim after posting this video to YouTube. The video was meant to be a joke and poked fun at local youth culture.

01/27/2014

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Minn. Man Recounts Experience In UAE Prison

A Minnesota man who spent nine months in prison in the United Arab Emirates for posting a satirical video online says he felt fear at times and was kept in filthy conditions.

01/17/2014

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‘Major Drug Dealer’ Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison

A 26-year-old Oakdale woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for being a “major drug dealer,” the Washington County Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

01/02/2014

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Driver In Fatal Drunk Driving Crash Ordered To Pay $37K

A Cokato man has been ordered to pay more than $37,000 after drunkenly causing a car crash that killed three generations of a family last year in Kandiyohi County.

12/11/2013

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Judge Denies Minn. Businessman Petters’ Appeal

A federal judge has denied convicted Minnesota businessman Tom Petters’ appeal for a shorter sentence. In a ruling issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle said Petters “has tried to pull off one final con” by seeking a shorter sentence.

12/05/2013

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Inmate Strangled, Killed Inside Oak Park Heights Prison

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the death of a 30-year-old inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights Monday.

12/03/2013

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Man Accused Of Faking Death Sentenced To Prison

A Minnesota man convicted in an $11 million insurance fraud case has been sentenced in federal court after trying to avoid prison by faking his own death. A U.S. District Court judge on Monday sent Travis Scott to prison for 12 years and eight months after the 36-year-old Eden Prairie man pleaded for compassion.

11/19/2013

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Elk River Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Pre-Teenage Girl

A 30-year-old Elk River man will spend 30 years in prison after it was discovered that he engaged in a sexual act with a 7-year-old victim.

10/30/2013

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Petters Fundraiser Vennes Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

Frank Elroy Vennes Jr. was sentenced to 180 months in prison on Friday, in connection with fraudulently raising money through hedge funds for investment in Petters Company. Vennes was a long-time associate of Thomas J. Petters, the Minnesota businessman convicted in 2009 of orchestrating a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme.

10/18/2013

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