As a pediatric researcher and assistant professor with the University of Minnesota, Rebecca Schlafer has studied children, and more specifically, the children of incarcerated women, for years. She's seen just how difficult life was for pregnant inmates, who are often alone in their pregnancy, feelin ... More >>
In 2009, an Iowa Supreme Court decision led to the state becoming the first in the Midwest to legalize gay marriage.SEE ALSO: In Iowa, women can be lawfully fired for being so sexy, they make their boss contemplate an affair That's a ruling we can get behind. But we can't say the same for the Iowa C ... More >>
One day in mid-June, Paul Goetze went to a movie at the Northwoods Cinema Ten in Owatonna. After the movie, he allegedly broke into a rural home in Rice County and made off with about $3,000 worth of tools, the Owatonna People's Press reports. But his ticket stub stayed behind.In a bit of sleuthing ... More >>
Wouldn't it have made more sense for Evans to get her revenge by robbing a BK?SEE ALSO: Burger King's Flame: meat-scented body spray ignites passion Maybe so, but in a desperate situation after losing her job at Burger King in 2011, Rochester resident Quiana Evans instead targeted her former fast-fo ... More >>
Police say Steven Johnson, 35, confessed this week to brutally murdering his wife, Manya Johnson, after she told him she was leaving him and taking their young child with her on Sunday. Manya, 32, had a master's degree in counseling psychology and worked at Target Corp.SEE ALSO: Johnson accused of m ... More >>
Linda Desonpere had no business being at the University of Minnesota's Fairview Hospital after August 27. That's the day a Hennepin County judge deemed Desonpere "mentally ill and dangerous" -- the most restrictive form of commitment in Minnesota -- and ordered her transfer to the St. Peter Securi ... More >>
See Also: Pariso charged for holding bankers hostage with a fake bomb Before he allegedly held employees of a downtown Minneapolis bank hostage with a bomb hoax, 33-year-old Philip James Pariso was a senior airman in the United States Air Force, where he faced a court martial and discharge for inj ... More >>
The two men charged in the vicious murder of William Nickaboine, a young Ojibwe man living on the Mille Lacs reservation, have both been sentenced to prison. Two years after the murder, Joshua Boyd was sentenced to 13 years Thursday for one count of felony murder, reports the Mille Lacs Messenger. ... More >>
Kevin Mims was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison yesterday for stabbing a friend in downtown Minneapolis. Mims got into an argument with Brian Nelson and another acquaintance last fall after the two men teased him about being stingy with weed and money. The friends called him "cheap," s ... More >>
Catholic priests' penchant for engaging in sexual relations with young boys has landed the church in hot water repeatedly in recent years.Priest Christopher Wenthe's case is a little different. In November, Wenthe, 47, was convicted of one count of third-degree criminal sexual assault for having ... More >>
Holly Boyd was found in her apartment bathroom.When news broke that Holly Boyd had killed her tiny Chihuahua puppy in a fit of anger, it sparked outrage from dog lovers across the globe. When she was sentenced to 45 days in jail, animal advocates cried foul yet again. No matter how bad she may ... More >>
Michaeal Hudalla is expected to receive about six years in prison.Twin Cities motorcycle king Michael Hudalla pleaded guilty to two felony counts of racketeering last week in Hennepin County court. Hudalla's plea came just before jury selection was scheduled to begin in preparation for his trial ... More >>
Timothy Eling could walk free as soon as 2015.Timothy Eling -- the man who shot and killed an off-duty police officer in 1982 -- has been granted parole from his life sentence. Eling is now 63 years old and has spent 29 years behind bars for the bungled robbery that led to Oakdale Police Officer ... More >>
Brett Rogers keeps getting himself in more trouble.Brett Rogers used to be bad news for the mixed martial arts fighters he was matched up against. These days, Rogers is his own worst enemy.Rogers was arrested yet again yesterday, turning himself in to Apple Valley Police for a parole violation wh ... More >>
"I was drunk, the day my mama, got outta prison." You know the rest. But what you may not know is that this weekend, 48 years ago, country singer David Allan Coe began serving a four-year prison sentence at the Ohio State Penitentiary for car theft, possession of obscene materials, and poss ... More >>
amina Ali was convicted on 13 felony counts.Amina Ali and Hawo Hassan, the two Rochester women accused of providing material support to Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, have been found guilty on all counts by a Minneapolis jury.Hassan was convicted on three counts, while the jury found Ali ... More >>
Malo Gomez needs a different hobby.Malo Gomez felt like firing off a few rounds, and he allegedly picked one of the worst targets possible: A cop car, with two cops sitting inside of it. Two Minneapolis Police officers were in the middle of a routine traffic stop at the Union Liquor store on the ... More >>
Boyd's anti-fan club doesn't mince words.Holly Boyd, the Fridley woman accused of killing her Chihuahua puppy, is due in court today to enter a plea on felony animal cruelty charges. From the looks of things, she doesn't quite have the public on her side with this one. A digital group of ani ... More >>
James Teto Grant was murdered last summer.Seventeen-year-old Leonard B. Baker will spend the next 23 years of his life in prison after pleading guilty in January to beating another teenager to death with a shovel in Wirth Park last summer. He was sentenced today. James Teto Grant's decomposi ... More >>
Hecker is scheduled for sentencing on Friday.Steven Leach conspired with disgraced auto mogul Denny Hecker to hoodwink Chrysler Financial into multimillion dollar finance packages. Now he's going to federal prison for two years, and he's been ordered to pay $14 million in restitution. And th ... More >>
Hecker fesses up to drug use.Denny Hecker's sentencing is just around the corner, and the fallen auto king is making an 11th-hour plea for a little mercy. Hecker's lawyers filed a motion yesterday asking a judge to shave two years off the recommended sentence of a decade in prison. Hecker fesses ... More >>
mybreoetchenDefinitely not worth it.Some killers are motivated by hatred. Others kill for love. Sixteen-year-old Kawanis Trotter killed for an Xbox, and now he's facing the 64-bit music.Trotter and Roddee Daniel broke into 51-year-old Capri Walker's home in 2008, cutting the power and unplugging ... More >>
Bjerkness violated parole, but Duluth's rubber balls are safeThe 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 ca ... More >>
Headed for the federal penTom Petters is headed for the Big House. The one-time high-flying millionaire sentenced to 50 years behind bars for orchestrating a $3.7 million Ponzi scheme is cooling his heels in the Federal Transfer Center at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City. Next stop is a f ... More >>
Minerva Lopez will spend 20 years behind barsMinerva Lopez told police she beat her teenage daughter with a broomstick, a metal rod and a frying pan, scalded her with hot water, choked her, cut her wrist with a kitchen knife and bit her face. Now the 33-year-old Madison woman is going to pri ... More >>
Illustrator Ken Avidor, who covered the trial of Tom Petters for City Pages, sends this final video and the following account:
Terry Kleiman is going to spend the next six years of his life in prison for perpetrating that act of brutality.
Not quite ironic, but close.
If you're going to be a free man once you jump that giant razor wire fence, what's the need to bring prison raisins along for the ride?
The St. Paul cat thrower who was sentenced earlier this week to a year in jail for punching his girlfriend in the face will be sitting behind bars a little longer for violating probation requirements from his cat killing incident.
The relationship started last August when Harvieux began writing her letters in prison, saying he thought she was unfairly targeted because she was an illegal immigrant.
Sara Jane Olson, who at the time of capture received a lot of sympathy as a terrorist reformed as a housewife, is coming back to serve her parole in Minnesota. Apparently now after her time in jail she isn't safe to have around.
Legislators say it makes more sense to rehabilitate
Pending legislation would help veterans get treatment instead of prison time
Jon Langford's American discoveries
Geriatric prisoners' care bankrupting states This week's Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine carries a compelling story about the astronomical cost of providing end-of-life care to inmates. Health care costs are up, yes, but a bigger problem is that the number of imprisoned seniors with deteriorating ... More >>
Stephen Porter may have been humiliated and abused by cops. Or he may be the best thing that's happened to the MPD in a long time.
Tony White's lifelong obsession with law enforcement
Former gang prosecution snitch Johnny Edwards recants--sort of
Critics say the Animal Humane Society's method of dispatching the unadoptable is cruel. It's certainly becoming unusual.
Director Cheryl Dunye brings her research stint at the Shakopee women's prison to bear on Stranger Inside
In the month left before sine die, Minnesota lawmakers must decide what to do about the stadium, the budget surplus, and that nagging turtle-trafficking issue.
Their cars were moving when James Lundquist and William Anderson opened fire on strangers. But was anyone at the wheel?
Tupac's posthumous Makaveli, along with new releases by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, take gangsta rap to different ends