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.
The national company that has been replaced as the health care provider to Minnesota’s 9,000 prison inmates is defending its services. Corizon Health says the state Department of Corrections has thanked the company for “exceptional service over the last 16 years.” DOC severed ties with Corizon following staff complaints of substandard care and legal action against the company. Corizon was replaced by St. Louis-based Centurion Managed Care, a Fortune 500 health care company that manages medical care under public contracts in several states.
When Adrian Peterson was 7, he saw his older brother die in a bike accident when he was hit by a drunken driver. For Peterson’s teenage years, his father was in prison. He grew up poor in east Texas. Shortly before the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in 2007, a half-brother, was shot and killed. Long before Peterson began running through the NFL record book, he learned to turn tragedy into fuel for an exceptional career. Football has always been his escape, and now he’s dealing with more off-the-field strife.
A Cottage Grove man was sentenced to more than two years in prison for his role in stealing nearly $700,000 from his church. Scott Joseph Domeier, a former employee of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, was sentenced to 27 months for swindling $670,000 between 1995 and 2012.
A 41-year-old West St. Paul man has been sentenced for shooting at two police officers after a fight at his home with his brother Sunday morning, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
A 27-year-old Inver Grove Heights man was sentenced to prison on Monday in Dakota County court for possessing about 8 pounds of illegal narcotics. Mike Sanchez pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree controlled possession in receiving almost six pounds of cocaine and two pounds of methamphetamine on July 23, 2013 in Inver Grove Heights.
A 58-year-old Minnesota man has been sentenced to 30 years in an Illinois prison for a decades-old cold case killing. Bruno Salgado of Ramsey, Minn., was sentenced Friday. He was convicted in a June bench trial of the 1982 murder of 28-year-old Ismael Solano.
A 53-year-old Excelsior coin dealer was sentenced Thursday in federal court for defrauding customers and investors out of more than $3.3 million. David Laurence Marion was sentenced to 60 months in prison for one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one count of money laundering.
A 47-year-old Le Center man was sentenced Wednesday in federal court for receiving several videos containing child pornography. Harold Duane Davenport was sentenced to 60 months of prison on one count of receipt of child pornography.
A man who killed his wife, his two children and another person in the early 1980s and killed an inmate in a Minnesota prison in the 1990s has killed behind bars again. Craig Bjork, 53, allegedly strangled his 45-year-old cellmate.
A 21-year-old St. Paul man has been sentenced to prison in the February deaths of two of his cousins. On Monday, Teng Vang was specifically sentenced to 5 years in prison. In June, Vang pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular.
The Cokato man accused of drunkenly causing a car crash that killed three generations of a family last year pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Kandiyohi County. County Attorney Jenna Fischer said Paul Wickenhauser will serve 67 months in prison – about 5 1/2 years – after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
A new report shows Minnesota’s prison population rate is among the nation’s lowest. The U.S. Department of Justice statistics released Thursday says Maine had the lowest rate of imprisonment at 145 per 100,000 residents.
Convicted killer Aaron Schauffhausen is now in prison serving three life sentences for the murder of his daughters. A new mug of Schaffhausen was taken last Wednesday as he entered the state prison system.
A jury found a 20-year-old man guilty of a gang-related shooting last October that left a woman dead in an SUV in an alley behind a St. Paul church. Joseph Campbell was found guilty Thursday in the death of Neressa Turner on Oct. 14, 2012, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said. After the verdict, Campbell was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.