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Sentencing continued for woman who burglarized HART

■ Johnson sentenced to 60 days in jail

The 65-year-old Brainerd woman who led a half-dozen law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase March 30 after fleeing a domestic dispute where she rammed her estranged husband’s car was sentenced Dec. 20 to 60 days in Crow Wing County Jail.

Crow Wing District Court Judge Erik J. Askegaard also gave Judith Mae Johnson, who pled guilty to felony charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a stay of imposition for four years that would end Dec. 20, 2016.

Eleven conditions were set for Johnson to follow while on probation that include no alcohol or controlled substance abuse, cannot enter bars or liquor stores, random testing, no contact with victims, no firearms or ammunition, psychological evaluation/treatment and remain law-abiding.

In March, Johnson was charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault, with one domestic assault for committing the act to cause fear or immediate bodily harm or death on another and the second domestic assault for intentionally inflicting bodily harm on another. All the charges were dismissed during Johnson’s plea hearing, expcept for the fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint against Johnson, Johnson’s estranged husband said he and his wife were going through a divorce. He said he drove by Johnson’s house to see if his truck was still there and as he went by, Johnson began chasing him in her vehicle. Johnson’s husband said she rammed her vehicle into the back of his vehicle.

■ Royalton man sentenced to three

years of supervised probation

LITTLE FALLS — The 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, was sentenced in Morrison District Court to four days in jail and three years of supervised probation.

Judge Conrad Freeberg sentenced Joshua Jay Zoccoli on Dec. 19. Zoccoli was given credit for time served on the four days in the Morrison County Jail. Conditions for Zoccoli’s probation were set and include that he cooperates and is truthful with agents in all matters, advise his agent to changes in his employment or address, notify agent if arrested or summoned, must get permission to leave the state, no alcohol or controlled substances use and follow recommendations of his mental health assessment.

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.”

■ Sentencing continued for

woman who burglarized HART

Another sentencing date was scheduled Feb. 7 for Samantha Jo Martin, 24, Pillager, who is 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 a 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.

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