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CRIMINALDIVISIONGaryBjorklundleadsthe13criminalprosecutorswhoworkinDuluthVirginiaandHibbing.ThishighlyeffectiveteamisresponsibleforchargingandprosecutingalllevelsofadultcriminaloffenseswithinSt.LouisCountyincludingfeloniesgrossmisdemeanorsmisdemeanorsandcountyordinanceviolations.AdditionallytheprosecutorsareinvolvedinproblemsolvinginthespecialtycourtsincludingDWIandDrugCourtandMentalHealthCourt.CriminalDivisionattorneysareresponsibleforsettingupandconductinglawenforcementtrainingtosupportpoliceinthelatestchangesinlawsandregulations.Thesetrainingsessionsaredesignedtoimproveinvestigationproceduressearchandseizuremethodsandotheraspectsofcriminalinvestigation.ParticularlyhighproleanddifcultcasesthattheDivisionwasinvolvedinthispastyearincludedBrianBridgeswasconvictedoftwocountsofFirstDegreeCriminalSexualConductFirstDegreeBurglaryandAssaultintheThirdDegree.Hewassentencedto26yearsinprison.ThecaseinvolvedahomeinvasionandthebrutalbeatingandrapeofaHibbingwoman.RandyBoettcherwasfoundguiltyof11countsofCriminalSexualConductandPossessingChildPornography.TheCourtsentencedBoettchertoatotalof252monthsinprison.AndrewClarkewasconvictedoffourcountsofPossessingandSellingDrugs.ThejuryalsofoundClarketobeacareeroffender.Hereceiveda258monthprisonsentencewhichwasdoubletheamountundertheMinnesotaSentencingGuidelines.DalePorterwasfoundguiltyofAssaultintheSecondDegreeTerroristicThreatsandIllegalPossessionofaPistol.TheconvictionsweresecuredeventhoughthevictimrefusedtocooperatewiththeprosecutionandultimatelytestiedonbehalfofPorterattrial.Theextensiveinvestigationbylawenforcementandthecompilingofadditionalevidencemadethisatextbookcaseofevidence-basedprosecution.PaulWellewasconvictedofMurderintheSecondDegreeandwassentencedto216monthsinprison.WellewasconvictedofkillingPaulAndersonoutsideabarinProctor.CriminalDivision5GaryBjorklundCriminalDivisionHeadDuluthOfceJonHoletsChristopherPinkertJessicaSmithNateStummeRebekkaStummeKristenSwansonVickyWantaVirginaOfceMichelleAndersonGordonColdagelliLeahStauberHibbingOfceBrianSimonsonKarlSundquistJeffVlatkovichWWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEY