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Read email newsletters from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, which include crime prevention tips, recent charges and outcomes from court, as well as information about the office
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Daniel Rick pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree assault-knowing transfer of a communicable disease.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A 16 and a 13-year-old were charged in three robberies and assaults and an adult assisted in one of them.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
A woman who led police on about a 40-mile chase was charged with fleeing a peace officer  in a motor vehicle.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Timberwolf Dante Cunningham was charged with assaulting his girlfriend
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The Chisholms were deported from the Bahamas Monday and arrested that night when they landed near Ft. Lauderdale.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged three people with riot and weapons offenses in connection with a downtown drive-by shooting over the weekend.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
No felony charges will be filed against the driver of the car that plunged into a retention pond in St. Louis Park last fall, killing two young children.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Colin and Andrea Chisholm claimed they were destitute but had hundreds of thousands of dollars and a yacht.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Details must be worked out, but the airline stowaway boy could return home soon, a judge has ruled.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Yolanda Smith pleaded guilty just before going on trial Monday to killing Catherine Banks in August.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Yia Her, who led police on a high-speed chase through downtown Minneapolis before colliding with a car, pleaded guilty.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Dalal Bayle Idd and Kamal Elyas Maqadin were charged in the robbery and beating of a man in the locker room of an Eden Prairie Life Time Fitness.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Ronald Jackson, one of the two men who stuffed a Verizon Wireless employee into the trunk of a car, pleaded guilty to kidnapping.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
A jury convicted Kemen Lavatos Taylor, II on nine counts, including first-degree murder, in the shooting death of Rayjon Gomez. Taylor was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Fed up with the gun violence, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman entered into a collaboration with local playwright Syl Jones, and Mixed Blood theater artistic director Jack Reuler to bring an original play into area schools.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Demiteras Al Cooper was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder in a shooting inside a North Minneapolis home that killed Johnathon Harris.
Monday, February 24, 2014
After three trials, a jury finally convicted Jermaine Harris of murder
Friday, February 21, 2014
No charges will be filed related to this case as there is insufficient evidence of a criminal offense.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Cortez Stanley and Eric Dodd were charged Thursday in a robbery that included gunfire.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Carly Bad Heart Bull joins the Bush Foundation as a 2014 MCF Phillanthropy Fellow.
Friday, February 07, 2014
John Iverson told police he had “too much” to drink as he sat in his van with a young bicyclist trapped beneath the wheels.
Friday, February 07, 2014
A hearing on the boy who flew to Las Vegas is doing well and may reunite with his family soon.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Leann Sargent pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $35,000 from her ailing father.
Monday, February 03, 2014
Devon Derrick Parker was charged with second-degree intentional murder in the shooting of Thomas Karl Sonnenberg at his home.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
David Schornstein, a former Cambridge council member, was charged by Hennepin County prosecutors with insurance fraud.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Brandon Bell was charged with last week's shooting death of Darnell Harris.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Alan Petersen and Cory Tromp were fined $4,000 and sentenced to probation after admitting to illegally dumping industrial waste near a swimming beach in Plymouth.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Darrell Nickerson tried to withdraw his guilty plea in a Minneapolis home invasion murder. That was denied and he will serve serious prison time.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Dominique Deshon Sinkfield pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 104 months in prison. Cory Bryant is scheduled for trial later this year for the same incident.

Friday, January 03, 2014
Freddie Jackson and Nehemiah Richardson were charged with aiding a third man in a University robbery.
Friday, December 27, 2013
A second teenager was charged by juvenile petition in the assault on the Minneapolis mayoral candidate. Both young women are charged with aggravated robbery and assault.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Myron Richardson-Rivers was charged with robbing a man of his computer and credit cards near the U of M.
Monday, December 23, 2013
A Hennepin County District Court judge found Laura Avery, a substitute teacher, guilty of four counts of malicious punishment of a child as a result of actions she took at a Bloomington elementary school last December.
Friday, December 20, 2013
After a brief hearing, a Hennepin County District Court judge said the nine-year-old airline stowaway should continue to stay at the youth facility where he has been for two months.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman argued the corporations should pay Minnesota Counties $10 million in deed transfer taxes.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Three men and a woman were charged and the gang was planning to avenge the death of their leader
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Renee Kinzer tried everything to obstruct finding she stole from her mother. But she couldn't beat the county attorney's office.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Randoll Sloan was charged with criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed his passenger.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Amreya Rahmeto Shefa was charged with stabbing Habibi Tesema 30 times.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Denise Rochelle Hart pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the death of her ex-husband from prescription drugs she gave him.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Robert Skogstad pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of a Minneapolis woman in her apartment almost nearly 33 years ago.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
A hearing on the boy who flew to Las Vegas lasted less than 10 minutes.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Tia Lor pleaded guilty to a March shooting at a birthday party that left a man dead.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A Bloomington man came up with his own retirement plan, stealing $1 million worth of hearing aids and accessories from his work.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Tony Baker pleaded guilty for his role in the death of Kerry Scott last year.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Dijon Cordell Sanders, 22, was charged with two counts of murder for the August slaying of two Minneapolis men, De’Von L. Burt, 18, and Keondray Q. Wilson, 20.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Jonathan Markle was found guilty of criminal vehicular homicide for driving drunk on Lake Minnetonka and going through the ice. His baby daughter died as a result.  As part of the sentence, Markle will deliver 100 speeches on the dangers of drunk driving.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Bradley Schickel faces more than 20 charges in Anoka County, but was sentenced in Hennepin County Friday for soliciting young girls,
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A Minnesota Supreme Court decision Wednesday keeps procedures for drunk driving cases. 
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Bashir Jama was charged in the murder of Jama Mohamed in his apartment.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Ron Christopher Powell, 42, was charged in the shooting death at Champions Bar this past summer.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A Hennepin County judge kept the boy, who flew unescorted to Las Vegas, in out-of-home placement
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Shacara Foster was sentenced to 93 months in prison, with credit for 565 days served, for her role in the death of her 18-month old son.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
David Vang pleaded guilty to 10 counts of stealing firearms from travelers’ luggage while working at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
A North Dakota community college student has been charged in the shooting death early Saturday morning outside the Blue Nile Nightclub in Minneapolis
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Major contributors to a shooting and burglary spree in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park will be locked up or on probation for several years
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Kyreon Watkins was sentenced to 112 months for shooting at people and Nathan Jones was sentenced to 30 years for a sexual assault.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Lamonte Rydell Martin and nine others pleaded guilty in a scheme to bribe and intimidate witnesses to recant their testimony in a murder trial.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
A Hennepin County Grand Jury returned a no-bill in the shooting death of Terrance Franklin last spring.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman returned the war medals of a World War II Bataan Death March veteran to his daughter. The medals were taken in a burglary and through unusual circumstances, the county attorney’s office recently recovered them.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Minnesota Supreme Court denied Amy Senser's appeal of her conviction for criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Anousone Phanthavong.
Friday, September 13, 2013
The owners of the Envy Nightclub in downtown Minneapolis, James Shelly Beamon and Susan Kerry Beamon, both of Brooklyn Park, were each charged with 11 counts of tax evasion. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Yia Her and James Early were charged Wednesday in cases that left one dead and a two month old injured
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Mauricio Antonio Orechera pleaded guilty to murdering a roommate and Jacquin Boyd pleaded guilty in the beating death of a man last November.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Raenay Hendrickson pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by swindle over $5,000 for embezzling more than $300,000 from the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Shacara Foster pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the 2012 death of her toddler son. Her boyfriend, Kentae Todd, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Montia Parker admitted she turned a young cheerleader into a prostitute. Sentencing is in October.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Yolanda Smith and Catherine Banks were wrestling on Lake  Street last week when Smith used a knife.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A woman was charged with killing her boyfriend and stuffing him in a freezer in Shorewood and a man was charged with shooting a man in Brooklyn Center.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and about 150 staff participated in this year’s National Night Out on August 6th, sharing messages about gun violence prevention, a high priority for the office.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Isabel Diaz-Castillo was sentenced to 36 months in prison and will likely be deported upon her release.
Friday, August 16, 2013
A message from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on the status of the Terrance Franklin case.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Deandre Stokes pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Kerry Scott.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Laltigus Rodriguez Laray Lyons, 18, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree assault and is expected to be sentenced to 74 months in prison next week.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and more than 100 staff will be at National Night Out events tonight.
Friday, July 26, 2013
What started as a demand for money from a Hennepin County agency ended up with the county receiving money, thanks to the work of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Civil Division.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Abdirahman Abdi Ali of Minneapolis was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide after striking and killing a young woman riding her bicycle. Information about the case and the law regarding hit-and-runs is included in English and Somali.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
A jury found Jamil Joshua Eason guilty of first-degree murder in the November stabbing death of Jay Arthur Rosio, 45.  He was sentenced to life in prison.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Ashleigh Casey almost got away with killing her son until she tried smothering her daughter four years later.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Isabel Diaz-Castillo, 30, pleaded guilty to the single count of kidnapping. Updated to include a Spanish-language translation.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Dedicated funds for cleaning up hazardous waste sites was reinstated by the legislature thanks to efforts by the Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Hennepin County attorney charged two Minneapolis men in a Monday night slaying.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Gregory Davis, 31, of St. Paul, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing a young woman as she returned home to find Davis burglarizing her apartment.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Melissa O'Brien took only four months to steal $50,000 from a Champlin Parent Teacher Organization.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Man guilty of taking picture in courtroom to intimidate witness fails to prevent friend’s conviction. 
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Kao Xiong was convicted of manslaughter for leaving gun where four-year-old could get it.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Nisius McAllister will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2011 murder of a man near the Little Earth Community.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Justin Dosch, 20, was charged with second-degree murder for killing Samuel Martinez, 24, with a stab wound to the chest early Sunday morning.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Tristan Keys, 21, of Minneapolis was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Lamar Wilson, 53, who he punched in the head.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Thalia Benson was charged with kidnapping her friend's baby who she told her boyfriend was theirs.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
A Minneapolis woman was sentenced to a year in the workhouse and banned from using after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Charges were filed against a Minneapolis man for posing as a vulnerable woman’s aide and then repeatedly having sex with her. Corey Gordon, 42, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
A jury convicted Nisius McAllister on two counts of first-degree murder during a robbery around the Little Earth community in August 2011. McAllister’s two co-defendants, who were also his nephews, already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
A Cooper High School employee was charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student, a Richfield man was charged with killing an acquaintance and Leon Anderson was sentenced to 450 months in prison.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Nathan Dwayne Jones, 43, of Minneapolis, plead guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
In admitting to the November killing of Michael Hayden, Williams will likely receive more than 28 years in prison.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Jonathan “Thirsty” Turner decided not to wait for a Minnesota Supreme Court decision to be handed down before agreeing to plead guilty to intentional second-degree murder in a 2003 case.
Friday, May 31, 2013
A Hennepin County District Court jury found Kao Xiong of manslaughter for leaving a loaded gun where his young son could get it.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office worked with the County Board and Registrar to update process to apply for marriage in the county. Same-sex marriage license applications will be available starting June 6.

Friday, May 24, 2013
Two men were smart enough to plead guilty after they were stupid enough to talk about their robbery into the voicemail of the victim’s girlfriend.

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