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GaryBjorklundleadsthe13criminalprosecutorswhoworkinDuluthVirginiaandHibbing.ThishighlyeectiveteamisresponsibleorchargingandprosecutingalllevelsoadultcriminaloenseswithinSt.LouisCountyincludingeloniesgrossmisdemeanorsmisdemeanorsandcountyordinanceviolations.In20133422caseswerereerredromlawenorcementtothecountyattorneysofce.Thisincluded2201elonycaseswhichrepresenteda10percentincreaseoverthepreviousyear.AdditionallytheprosecutorsareinvolvedinDWIDrugandMentalHealthproblem-solvingspecialtycourts.TheCriminalDivisionattorneysarealsoresponsibleorsettingupandconductinglawenorcementtrainingtosupportpoliceinthelatestchangesinlawsandregulations.Thesetrainingsessionsaredesignedtoimproveinvestigativeproceduressearchandseizuremethodsandotheraspectsocriminalinvestigation.OneothehighpointsotheyearorthedivisionwashelpingtoobtainjusticeortheamilyoTrinaLangenbrunnera33-year-oldmotherothreewhowasslainnearly13yearsearlier.InaJulypleahearingJosephCoutureadmittedthathebeatandstabbedthevictimtodeathonSept.32000.Hepleadedguiltytointentionalsecond-degreemurderfrst-degreeaidingandabettingaggravatedwitnesstamperingorconspiringwithhisgirlriendSandraCouturetointimidatewitnessesagainsthimandaidingandabettingfrst-degreearson.JosephCouturereceiveda39-yearprisonsentence.SandraCouturewassentencedto9yearsinprison.OtherhighprofleanddifcultcasesthatthedivisionprosecutedinthepastyearincludedWendellGreenewasconvictedofrst-degreecriminalsexualconduct.Hewassentencedto18yearsinprisonandalietimeconditionalreleaseandlietimepredatoryoenderregistrationrequirementswereimposed.Greenewasayouthbasketballcoachwhosexuallyassaultedtwoplayers.JimmyLeeMorriswasconvictedofrst-degreecriminalsexualconduct.Hewassentencedtonearly14yearsinprison.Thecaseinvolveda40-yearoldwomanwhowassexuallyassaultedbyagroupounknownmales.JoshuaLeeLittlewolwasconvictedosecond-degreemurderandreceiveda40-yearprisonsentence.Littlewolrepresentedhimselatthetrialwhichcreatedauniquesetoobstaclesorcourtsecuritytheprosecutionandthepresidingjudge.ThomasGentrywasconvictedosecond-degreepossessionococaine.Gentrywassentencedto12yearsinprisonasacareeroender.Hehadfvepreviouselonydrugconvictions.ColeKjellbergwasconvictedothird-degreeassault.Kjellbergwasconvictedoassaultinghissix-week-oldchildcausingaskullractureandbleedinginsidethebrain.Kjellberghadthreepriordomesticviolenceconvictionsincludingonewhichinvolvedanotherassaultuponachild.2013ST.LOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORTGaryBjorklundCriminalDivisionHeadDuluthOfceJessicaFralichJonHoletsChrisPinkertNateStummeRebekkaStummeKristenSwansonVickyWantaHibbingOfceBrianSimonsonKarlSundquistJeVlatkovichVirginaOfceMichelleAndersonGordonColdagelliLeahStauberCriminalDivision6CRIMINALDIVISION