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Sentencing date set for Royalton man

■ New court date set for Pine River man accused in Huesmann murder

WALKER — A new court date was reset for the 28-year-old Pine River man charged with second-degree intentional murder of Mark Huesmann and interference with a dead body.

Judge David Ten Eyck set Dane Joseph Riley’s next court hearing to Feb. 8, 2013, as agreed to by the state in Cass County District Court. Huesmann was last seen July 13 in the Pine River area and was reported missing on July 23. His remains were found June 24 in a shallow grave on the property of JB’s Welding and Repair in rural Pine River.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Riley, his girlfriend told officers that she had been awakened by the sound of two gunshots in the early morning hours of July 14. She subsequently went outside where she observed Huesmann on the ground with Riley on top, striking him in the chest area. She further stated that she could hear Huesmann begging Riley to stop and he kept telling him that he would not “tell anyone.”

■ Bundgaard pleads guilty to violating his probation

A 34-year-old Breezy Point man, arrested July 14 in Breezy Point for first-degree driving while impaired (DWI), which violated the conditions of his probation, recently pleaded guilty in Crow Wing District Court.

Mark Martin Bundgaard served a year in jail for a criminal vehicular homicide following a crash in which his passenger, Kenneth Foster, died on May 18, 2005. Part of Bundgaard’s conditions of his probation include that he will not be allowed to purchase, possess or consume alcohol or enter any establishments that serve or sell alcohol during probation.

Judge Erik Askegaard set a sentencing date for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 for Bundgaard.

■ Motion hearing and jury trial set for Clark

A jury trial was scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 2, 2013, for the 20-year-old Brainerd man charged June 26 for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman and attempting to strangle her at their Brainerd home.

Joseph Alan Clark, who appeared last week in Crow Wing County District Court for a contested hearing, was charged June 24 with third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct, felony domestic assault by strangulation and a misdemeanor domestic assault-with the intention to inflict bodily harm on another. Before the jury trial date, the judge scheduled a motion hearing at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Clark, the woman advised Brainerd police that Clark slapped her in the face repeatedly, made her punch herself with her own hands and he tied her wrists together with a jump rope. The woman went on to say that Clark had put a sock in her mouth, pinching her nose closed and applied pressure to her neck to prevent her from screaming.

■ Sentencing continued for woman who burglarized HART

Another sentencing date was scheduled Dec. 20 for Samantha Jo Martin, 24, Pillager, charged with third-degree burglary that occurred at Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Baxter in Crow Wing County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Martin admitted to going to HART; stealing the dog without paying the $600 in fees owed; letting out the other dogs; spray painting the building; causing damage to locks, law enforcement door and fences; and cutting the phone lines.

■ Sentencing date set for Royalton man

LITTLE FALLS — A 32-year-old Royalton man, who had a gun and drove up to 80 mph leading law enforcement officers on a chase and who was charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, recently appeared for a plea hearing in Morrison District Court.

Judge Conrad Freeberg scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Dec. 19 for Joshua Jay Zoccoli.

According to court documents, once apprehended, Zoccoli admitted that he saw the squad’s red lights and knew that law enforcement officers were chasing him. Zoccoli also admitted that he had a Rossi 20 Gauge Combo “with a .22-caliber barrel as well.”

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