According to reports, a 21-year-old Minnesota man charged with the murder of two people is on the run. The man is charged with directly contributing to the drug-related deaths of two people, one of whom was a 17-year-old minor. Though he did not sell drugs directly to the two deceased persons, he allegedly provided the drug, which was an LSD variant synthetic drug, to the people who then sold it to the victims. That drug allegedly was the main contributing factor to the two deaths. It is unclear whether their deaths were the result of an overdose on the drug.
Burglary is a serious crime that in some cases can be considered a felony. In one recent incident, three individuals have been accused of breaking in and stealing from a church in Minnesota. The individuals were approached by a Minnesota State Patrol officer on a routine traffic stop at 3:30 in the morning while patrolling an area that had been the target of several thefts in the days before. A local police officer was also on scene.
According to authorities, a former quarterback spent a weekend in police custody after engaging in a physical altercation outside a bar in southern Minnesota. The 20-year-old former Minnesota Gophers quarterback was apprehended by police for allegedly kicking a 24-year-old man, a former Minnesota State Mankato linebacker, in the head while the 24-year-old was lying down on the ground. The incident culminated in assault charges for one of the athletes.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, a recent Minneapolis police department raid conducted at a house led to the arrest of four alleged individuals who purportedly were part of a violent street gang.
According to recent charges filed in Ramsey County District Court, a 16-year-old St. Paul boy is facing first degree assault, first degree robbery and crime benefiting a gang charges for allegedly jumping on a 27-year-old man's face. Even though the 16-year-old is a minor, he was certified as an adult and if convicted, faces over two decades behind bars.
According to Morrison County authorities, a former county employee who worked in the capacity of an executive assistant is facing criminal charges. The woman was employed in the administration department since 1979 and was the only one responsible for the county's cell phone account.
According to the St. Paul Police Department, a 17-year-old recently was charged in Ramsey County District Court with second-degree murder and crime committed for the benefit of a gang. Both charges faced by the teen are felonies and, if he is found guilty, the convictions will carry a long prison sentence.
A felony charge comes with the potential for higher penalties as compared to misdemeanor cases in St. Paul, Minnesota. Persons who are accused of felonies will need to have a strong defense strategy to ensure that their rights are protected and that they will not suffer substantial punishment. For a man accused of causing fear in Stillwater after allegedly threatening the downtown area with a bomb threat in order to commit a bank robbery, the defense strategy will be the key to his future.
One problem faced by previously convicted felons is finding places of employment once they're back in the general population. Here in St. Paul and across the state, some employers may be too quick to judge. This poses a hindrance for former convicts who wish to earn a living and re-integrate themselves back into society after facing the penalties for the criminal charges they've already served.
The judge presiding in the "Man in Black" bank robberies case wants to make sure the defendant knows that representing himself in court may not be the wisest move. The defendant faces federal criminal charges after a string of armed bank robberies and other felonies across Minnesota starting in 2011. He is being tried in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.