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Sherman Bernard Frederick of Crosslake was sentenced Thursday to 11 months in the Crow Wing County Jail and supervised probation for 10 years  in connection with the traffic death of 3-year-old Jack Larson in Merrifield.

Frederick was driving a southbound minvan on County Road 3 when his vehicle struck and killed the son of Kory and Becky Larson on May 9, 2009. The defendant was found guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and a lesser and included charge of careless driving in May. 

Judge Erik Askegaard accepted the outlines of a sentencing agreement that defense and prosecution attorneys agreed to Thursday morning, temporarily delaying Thursday’s sentencing. While the state’s sentencing guidelines called for an executed 48-month prison term, the judge’s sentence was a downward departure. He sentenced Frederick to supervised probation for 10 years; payment of a $135 fine; 11 months in Crow Wing County Jail with credit for time served (approximately four days). During his jail stay Frederick will be eligible for Huber work privileges and the Sentence to Service program but not for in-home monitoring. The judge directed the defendant to report to the jail at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 to allow him time to possibly secure employment. Frederick must also pay restitution as directed by the probation department; serve 2,560 hours of community service related to traffic safety; and must not drive without a valid Minnesota driver’s license and insurance.

Before the sentencing family members representing the victim and the defendant read statements in the courtroom.

MIKE O’ROURKE may be reached at or 855-5860.

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