Ball slasher Christopher Neil Bjerkness violates probation, good taste
The good news about Christopher Neil Bjerkness violating the terms of his probation is that he didn't relapse into his weird self-described sexual fetish of stabbing big, squishy rubber balls with a cold, hard knife.
No, in this case, he skipped out on his halfway house without permission, failed to take some prescription meds and tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Now he's being held in the St. Louis County Jail, two months after being released from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center and being sent to the halfway house.
He may have been wandering around stoned, but at least Duluth's exercise balls are safe.
Bjerkness was convicted in 2005 of first-degree criminal damage to property after breaking into the University of Minnesota - Duluth's health and sports complex several times in 2004 and damaging 40 exercise balls there.
In 2006, he was convicted of third-degree burglary for entering the Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center in Duluth and slashing inflatable exercise balls there.
And then Bjerkness broke into the SMDC-Duluth Clinic West building last May and slashed its rubber balls. He was sentenced last September to prison with credit for time served; evidently he was out and in the halfway house when he ran afoul of the parole agreement.
While he sounds like a bit of a (sexually) odd duck, he doesn't think he's so weird; just a product of fetal alcohol syndrome, bipolar depression, and cerebral palsy. Authorities aren't so sure, and say that if he goes back to ball slashing they may lock him up for good as a sexual psychopath.
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