OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

To: mike.slavik@co.dakota.mn.us, kathleen.gaylord@co.dakota.mn.us, thomas.egan@co.dakota.mn.us, joe.atkins@co.dakota.mn.us, liz.workman@co.dakota.mn.us, maryliz.holberg@co.dakota.mn.us, chris.gerlach@co.dakota.mn.us, jim.backstrom@aol.com, tim.leslie@gmail.com,Todd.Podgorski@comcast.net, aputz@minnpost.com, awallmeyer@minnpost.com, tad.johnson@ecm-inc.com,

Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord

Subject: Demand for Administrative Investigation into Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom’s Obstruction of Justice & Data Breach in High-Profile Sandra Grazzini & Dede Evavold case

Kathleen A. Gaylord (chair) (651) 450-7775  

I am demanding an administrative investigation into the illegal withholding of data from me, Deirdre Elise Evavold. Data that could have been used to prevent my malicious prosecution in high-profile Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4227 State of Minnesota vs Deirdre Elise Evavold. Your corrupt Dakota Co. Attorneys James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz & Kathryn Keena conspired with Lakeville Chief of Police Jeff Long to illegally withhold the13.03 subdiv 3(e) electronic data – 13.82 Subd. 7. Criminal investigative data for Lakeville PD ICR: 13001278 data from me and my co-defendants. My co-defendant Sandra Grazzini (19HA-CR-15-2669) only received a twelfth of the evidence that I received for my kangaroo court trial. I have reason to suspect that Backstrom, Prokopowicz & Keena are going to prevent me from obtaining my evidence so I can’t obtain a new trial. 

I am also demanding an administrative investigation into what I suspect is Dakota Co. Attorneys James Backstrom’s, Philip Prokopowicz’s & Kathryn Keena’s illegal release of my 13.82 Subd. 7. Confidential criminal investigative data to MinnPost hack Michael Brodkorb @mbrodkorb of Missing in Minnesota @missinginmn, attorney Lisa Elliott @lmelliott18 and Elliot’s paralegal Allison Mann @AllisonMannMN. Magically and mysteriously DSC_0073.JPG ended up on the Underwatch Twitter account @underwatchEd and the Underwatch website http://underwatch.wordpress.com/. Can you guess who are all followers of Underwatch? If you guessed MinnPost hack Michael Brodkorb @mbrodkorb of Missing in Minnesota @missinginmn, attorney Lisa Elliott @lmelliott18 and Elliot’s paralegal Allison Mann @AllisonMannMN, then you are right, aren’t you? I’ve attached proof that MinnPost hack Brodkorb, Missing in Minnesota, Elliott, and Mann are all followers of Underwatch. I’ve also attached an email which proves that your corrupt Mayor Matt Little knew about the data breach and did nothing about it. I’ve also attached a response from Stearns County which is saying that they are not going to release the data they were illegally withholding from me. You’ll notice it is approximately the same time frame. I have reason to suspect that the City of Lakeville personnel will willfully refuse to comply with my data requests in order to sabotage my attempt to get a new trial. I am also demanding a signed document acknowledging that there was a breach of security and subsequently my confidential data was released to the public pursuant to 13.055 DISCLOSURE OF BREACH IN SECURITY; NOTIFICATION AND INVESTIGATION REPORT REQUIRED. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/13.05. I’m not holding my breath on any signed document form you acknowledging the data breach, am I?

https://redherringalert.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/020217_100416_underwatched_wordpress_100416_twitter_icr13001278_dsc_0073jpg2.pdf
https://redherringalert.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/people-following-underwatch-underwatched-twitter062517b.pdf
https://redherringalert.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/matt-little-mayor-underwatch100418_1052am.pdf
https://redherringalert.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/redacted-scso-15060803.pdf

Dede Evavold 320-293-6233

A. Co-Defendant Deirdre Evavold received 12 times the evidence as Appellant. Signed July 10, 2017 by Sandra Grazzini Page 10. Appellants’ Reply Brief, Addendum. Case Number: A16-1997 Short Title: State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Sandra Grazzini Appellant. [Note: Sandra had not one but two licensed attorneys on her criminal case. Evavold represented herself.] scribd.com/document/354000486/Reply-Grazzini

Missing Evidence: – Lakeville Officer Kelli Coughlin’s preliminary audio recorded statements from  – Preliminary audio statement of , Tammy Love, Rick Hakanson, Loralie Musolf, Kelli Coughlin, Jim Dronen, and Matthew Palmer – Deputy US Marshal, (Corresponding audio and video with a report.) – Stearns County Evidence (Surveillance of Residence by ) (Private, criminal investigative data for Christina Fox) – Blueray disc containing MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reports – Child Protective Services Documents November 2015. Appellant’s Brief. Case #: A17-200 State of Minnesota Court of Appeal. State of Minnesota v. Deirdre Evavold. scribd.com/document/352906584/Dakota-Co-Brief-Evavold-1

The objective of our rules of discovery is to encourage the exchange of relevant information by the parties prior to trial  and to discourage and prevent unjust surprise and prejudice at trial, especially where the testimony of expert witnesses is concerned. See Shymanski v. Nash, 312 Minn. 304, 307, 251 N.W.2d 854, 856 (Minn.1977). As we have stated, “trial by ambush” fell out of favor in the courts of this state over 50 years ago. See American Standard Ins. Co. v. Le, 551 N.W.2d 923, 925 n. 3 (Minn.1996). Supreme Court of Minnesota. Stuart E. GALE and Sandra W. Gale, petitioners, Stringer, J. and Lancaster, J. Relators, v. COUNTY OF HENNEPIN, Respondent. No. C5-99-1349. Decided: May 11, 2000. https://caselaw.findlaw.com/mn-supreme-court/1275639.html How Courts Work Steps in a Trial Discovery To begin preparing for trial, both sides engage in discovery. This is the formal process of exchanging information between the parties about the witnesses and evidence they’ll present at trial. Discovery enables the parties to know before the trial begins what evidence may be presented. It’s designed to prevent “trial by ambush,” where one side doesn’t learn of the other side’s evidence or witnesses until the trial, when there’s no time to obtain answering evidence. American Bar Association – Division For Public Education https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/resources/law_related_education_network/how_courts_work/discovery.html

Front row (from left to right): Liz Workman, Kathleen A. Gaylord (chair), Mary Liz Holberg. Back row: Mike Slavik, Thomas A. Egan. Chris Gerlach, Joe Atkins.

Dakota County  County Commissioner District 1  Candidate Name Party Website File Date  Mike Slavik Nonpartisan www.mikeslavik.com  5/22/2018 County Commissioner District 2  Candidate Name Party Website File Date  Kathleen A. Gaylord Nonpartisan kathleengaylord.com  5/22/2018  Todd Podgorski Nonpartisan www.ToddPodgorski.com  5/23/2018 County Commissioner District 6  Candidate Name Party Website File Date  Mary Liz Holberg Nonpartisan   5/22/2018 Name Political Party Mike Slavik Nonpartisan Residence Address Campaign Address 1050 SOUTHVIEW DR HASTINGS, MN 55033 Candidate Website Phone Number www.mikeslavik.com (651) 3983372   View Voluntary Disclosure Email  mikeslavik@comcast.net  Candidate Information Filing Date 5/22/2018   Name Political Party Kathleen A. Gaylord Nonpartisan   Residence Address Campaign Address 2301 ANTHONY SOUTH ST PAUL, MN 55075    Candidate Website Phone Number kathleengaylord.com (651) 4507775   View Voluntary Disclosure Email  kathleengaylord@hotmail.com  Candidate Information Filing Date 5/23/2018   Name Political Party Todd Podgorski Nonpartisan   Residence Address Campaign Address 651 15TH AVE NO SOUTH ST PAUL, MN 55075    Candidate Website Phone Number www.ToddPodgorski.com (651) 3060052   View Voluntary Disclosure Email  Todd.Podgorski@comcast.net  Candidate Information Filing Date 5/22/2018   Name Political Party Mary Liz Holberg Nonpartisan   Residence Address Campaign Address 12195 UPPER 167TH ST W LAKEVILLE, MN 55044    Candidate Website Phone Number  (952) 4358723   View Voluntary Disclosure Email  holberg@charter.net County Sheriff  Candidate Name Party Website File Date  Tim Leslie Nonpartisan timleslieforsheriff.com5/22/2018  County Attorney  Candidate Name Party Website File Date  James C. Backstrom Nonpartisan   5/22/2018 Candidate Information Filing Date 5/22/2018   Name Political Party Tim Leslie Nonpartisan   Residence Address Campaign Address NOT REQUIRED  PO BOX 18278, 3 SIGNAL HILLS CENTER WEST ST PAUL, MN 55118   Candidate Website Phone Number timleslieforsheriff.com (000) 0000000   View Voluntary Disclosure Email  tim.leslie@gmail.com  Candidate Information Filing Date 5/22/2018   Name Political Party James C. Backstrom Nonpartisan   Residence Address Campaign Address NOT REQUIRED  860 BLUE GENTIAN RD STE 290 EAGAN, MN 55121   Candidate Website Phone Number  (651) 4701736   View Voluntary Disclosure Email  jim.backstrom@aol.com https://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingSearch.aspx

Final 33-602.205 Inmate Telephone Use 11580556 Effective: 06/14/2012 https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=11580556 33-602.205 Inmate Telephone Use. (1) This rule sets forth the minimum telephone privileges that shall be granted to inmates housed in institutions or facilities other than community correctional centers, or inmates housed on death row. All inmate calls, with the exception of those calls placed to attorneys pursuant to paragraph (3)(a), and to foreign consulates pursuant to paragraph (4)(a) shall be subject to monitoring and recording. Due to the high level of security needs on death row, the only telephone privileges available to death row inmates are those set forth in paragraph (3)(a), private calls to attorneys; paragraph (4)(a), private calls to foreign consulates; and subsection (5), calls made in the event of family crisis.

James Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney (651) 4701736 & Tim Leslie, Dakota County Sheriff (651) 438-4709:
Chapter 13 data request – Please email/file share me the following readily available, free, electronic, public data in its original searchable pdf format pursuant to 13.03 Subd 3(e):

  1. See attached signed informed consent form. Make sure that you include the illegally withheld unredacted Osceola County Florida Jail  video visit video of Sandra Grazzini 5146__20151029_143913.mp4 and 5147__20151021_114909.mp4. I also want the unredacted confidential attorney/client audio recordings between attorney Michelle MacDonald and Sandra Grazzini that you also illegally withheld from me. I’ve attached MacDonald’s complaint filed with Chief Judicial Officer Terrence Conkel. The complaint includes MacDonald’s certificate of representation which you ignored to illegally obtain the attorney/client audio recordings between attorney Michelle MacDonald and Sandra Grazzini, right? See attached. 13001278 Florida Jail Calls. I also want the preliminary audio statements of Tammy Love, , , , Deirdre Evavold, Gina & Douglas Dahlen that you are still illegally withholding from me. Make sure to include the Osecola County Florida preliminary audio statement of Sandra Grazzini. That’s the audio statement that will outline how you duped the U.S. Marshals into arresting Sandra on trumped up charges, isn’t it? In case you try to play dumb, I’ve attached Osceola documents which debunk your “clerical error” propaganda, haven’t I? See attached. Osceloa_Kidnap_Minor Oh, I almost forgot! I want the preliminary audio statements from Christina Fox that you, Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall and Stearn County Sheriff John Sanner conspired to illegally withhold from me. See previous link.

Judge Karen Asphaug

2. Transcripts for Case No. 19HA-CR-15-2669 State of Minnesota vs Sandra Grazzini  ALL HEARINGS IN FRONT OF ASPHAUG  11/16/2015 Transcript Index # 26  09/26/2016 Transcript Index # 154  10/05/2016 Transcript Index # 161  03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 216 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 217 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 218 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 219 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 220 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 221 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 222 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 223 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 224 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 225 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 226 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 227 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 228 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 229 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 230 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 231 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 232 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 233 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 234 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 235 03/20/2017 Transcript Index # 236. 13.03 ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT DATA Subd. 12. Pleadings. Pleadings, as defined by court rule, served by or on a government entity, are public data to the same extent that the data would be public if filed with the court. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/13.03

  1. Transcripts for Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4229 State of Minnesota vs DOUGLAS CRAIG DAHLEN 12/19/2016 Transcript Index # 47, 12/23/2016 Transcript Index # 50; Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4230 State of Minnesota vs GINA SCHMIT DAHLEN 12/19/2016 Transcript Index # 50, 12/27/2016 Transcript Index # 53. 13.03 ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT DATA Subd. 12. Pleadings. Pleadings, as defined by court rule, served by or on a government entity, are public data to the same extent that the data would be public if filed with the court. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/13.03

Sandra Grazzini

 

  1. Bills submitted by Dakota County Attorney’s office to indigent Sandra Grazzini for readily available, free, electronic data in high-profile 19HA-CR-15-2669. [ https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/611.271 611.271 COPIES OF DOCUMENTS; FEES.  The court administrators of courts, the prosecuting attorneys of counties and municipalities, and the law enforcement agencies of the state and its political subdivisions shall furnish, upon the request of the district public defender, the state public defender, or an attorney working for a public defense corporation under section 611.216, copies of any documents in their possession at no charge to the public defender, including the following: police reports, photographs, copies of existing grand jury transcripts, audiotapes, videotapes, audio or video files on CD Rom or DVD Rom disc, copies of existing transcripts of audiotapes, videotapes, or audio or video files on CD Rom or DVD Rom disc and, in child protection cases, reports prepared by local welfare agencies. When files are provided on CD Rom or DVD Rom disc, the provider shall, upon the request of the public defender, include the software needed to open, view, or play the disc. Nothing in this section shall compel production of documents that are not discoverable under the rules of court, court order, or chapter 13.]

Dede Evavold 320-293-6233

THE COURT: And at our initial hearing, former counsel expressed he desire to address the issue of probable cause, whether there’s sufficient probable cause to support the charges in the complaint – I assume no amended complaint – although I have not received the motion, a formal motion to dismiss for lack of probable cause. Do you intend to litigate this issue of probable cause, Mr. Grigsby?

GRIGSBY: I do, you Honor. The only issue that I am able to discern from what I have, and that’s simply two complaints, is the issue of probable cause. There’s apparently a large amount of discovery that I haven’t seen. I don’t know if it has been disclosed. Apparently they want a large fee for it. My understanding is that Ms. Grazzini has been given in forma pauperis, so then we could eventually present that to the court. 11-24-15 Hearing Case No.19HA-CR-15-2669 State of Minnesota vs. Sandra Grazzini, Page 1,2 of 7.

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Douglas Dahlen’s Attorney Travis Keil

THE COURT: Have you – are you satisfied that you have received the discovery from –
KEIL: No.
THE COURT: – the State?
MR KEIL: It is my understanding that one of the kids provided a statement to law enforcement. It’s been on Twitter; it’s been in the press. We have not received a copy of that statement.
KEENA: Your Honor, if I may just comment to that? I just received it late last week, and it’s actually on sitting on my secretary’s desk to disclose to Mr. Keil, and she’s gone today. So they will be receiving it this week. Jury Trial Volume I, State of Minnesota vs. Sandra Grazzini. Court File No. 19HA-CR- 15-2669. July 18, 2016 at the Dakota County Judicial Center, Hastings, Minnesota. Page 6.

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Dede Evavold

THE COURT: Ms. Evavold, you are representing yourself.
EVAVOLD: Yes.
THE COURT: The State filed a motion to compel testimony of Ms. Dahlen, Mr. Dahlen and Ms. Evavold pursuant to Minnesota Statute 609.09, Subdivision 1. A joint response was filed on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Dahlen. I have not received a response from Ms. Evavold. Have you responded in writing to this motion, Ms. Evavold.
EVAVOLD: I have responded to the District Court Administrator again on Friday about not receiving my evidence, so —
THE COURT: Did you file a response to the motion to compel?
MS.EVAVOLD: No, not with the court
THE COURT: Okay. Is the State ready to proceed? Jury Trial Volume I, State of Minnesota vs. Sandra Grazzini. Court File No. 19HA-CR- 15-2669. July 18, 2016 at the Dakota County Judicial Center, Hastings, Minnesota. Page 3.

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Osceola County Uniform Charging Affidavit Case No. 15l09456; Filing Agency: Osceola Co Sheriff’s Office; Master Name#: 1011676; Case#: 15l09456; DOB: 9/30/1965; Arrest Location: 5000 Avenue of Stars – Area 26; Violation Location: 5000 Avenue of Stars – Area 26; Date/Time Arrested Arresting Officer 10/18/2015 3:48 Gonzales, Eman; Charge Offense Charges F.S.: 3F, Fugitive Wrnt – OutofState Ext 941.13 Kidnapping. Warrant#: 19HACR1526691; Court Case # 13001278. Osceloa_Kidnap_Minor

Osceola County Jail Classification: Primary Assessment; 10/19/2015; 08:52:57; Booking Number: 293281; Name Number: 1011676 Sandra Grazzini; Assessment Date: Monday, 10/19/2015 08:51 AM; Who: McNees, P; Risk Class: HMD; Final Score: 12. Risk Assessment Questions: Question: What is the current charge? Answer: Assaultive Felony Notes: Current charge Fugitive (Dakota, MN) Kidnap Minor Question: Assessment Summary Answer: Enter Pertinent Information in the Note Field Notes: Classified HMD/ Current charge fugitive (Dakota, MN) Kidnap Minor / No Past Aslt Felony / Hold for Dakota, MN / No IDP’s // PM 5170

Dakota County Minnesota Government Data Practices Contacts Responsible Authority – County Attorney James C. Backstrom Judicial Center 1560 Highway 55 Hastings, MN 55033-2343 Responsible Authority – County Sheriff Tim Leslie Law Enforcement Center 1580 Highway 55 Hastings, MN 55033-2343 Dakota County Data Subject Requests https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/Government/DataPractices/Documents/DataSubjectRequests.pdf

Recently uncovered phone conversations between Michelle MacDonald and Sandra Grazzini recorded shortly after Grazzini was arrested in Florida in October 2015, confirm MacDonald was aware her client was involved in the disappearance of her daughters – . MacDonald’s statements to Grazzini, made while she was in an Osceola County Jail awaiting extradition to Minnesota, directly contradict MacDonald’s public statements about what she claimed both she and her client knew about the disappearance of the sisters. Jail recordings confirm MacDonald knew Grazzini took her children October 1, 2018 http://missinginminnesota.com/jail-recordings-confirm-macdonald-knew-grazzini-took-her-children/

Tad Johnson, Sun This Week – Managing Editor/Dakota County/Letters to the Editor Phone: 952-846-2033 & Andrew Putz, Editor – MinnPost Phone: 612-455-6950 & Andrew Wallmeyer, Publisher – MinnPost Phone: 612-455-6950:

How would you like to interview me? I have all sorts of dirt on Dakota Co. Attorneys James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz & Kathryn Keen and MinnPost hack Michael Brodkorb, haven’t I?

Dede Evavold 320-293-6233

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On April 12, 2018 I received a notice from Twitter’s legal team which explained they would not provide IP address information as Minnesota administrative subpoena’s did not comply with California criminal proceedings (Cal. Penal Code § 1334) . They also would not recognize the Minnesota statute related to non-disclosure and would alert the user to any legal requests from law enforcement. Twitter legal team advised that with a search warrant and Federal non-disclosure order (18 U.S.C. § 2705(b)) they would provide IP address information and not alert the user of the legal process request. At this time Sergeant Wayne and I determined the most reasonable course of action based upon the nature of this case would be to create an informal request to Twitter for the defamatory posts to be removed.  Dakota Investigations (MN0190000) Page 2 of 3 Report Generated by: -() Creation: Brian Eells 2018-04-23 15:21:07 SUPPLEMENT Case Number: 18900089 Title: Criminal Defamation Dakota Investigations

Judge David Knutson

On May 17, 2018 I met with Judge Knutson to speak with him about this investigation. I provided him information about Twitter’s public portal which allows a private citizen to request content be removed if they feel it is defamatory or threatening in nature. I suggested that if he made a request as a private citizen it may hold more weight with Twitter as requests from law enforcement have been unsuccessful. This investigation will be closed as inactive. SUPPLEMENT Case Number: 18900089 Title: Criminal Defamation Dakota Investigation

PARTIES INVOLVED PERSON 1 Role(s): Victim Last: Knutson First: David Middle: Race: Height: Date of Birth: Refused / Unavailable Weight: Sex: Male PERSON 1 Role(s): Victim Last: Knutson First: David Middle: Race: Height: Date of Birth: Refused / Unavailable Weight: Sex: Male Residence: 1560 Highway 55; Hastings, MN 55033 Residence Type: GOVERNMENT/PUBLIC BUILDING Residence Description: Court House OFFENSE INFORMATION Type Charge Level Description Statute 609.765.2 Gross Misdemeanor Criminal Defamation-Acts RELATED REPORTS Agency Case Number Type Description Dakota Investigations 17900122 Incident-Reference Related investigation  “@johnsonmedia2”  involving Twitter user  Dakota Investigations (MN0190000) Page 2 of 2 Report Generated by: -() Creation: Brian Eells 2018-06-01 07:17:28 This investigation will be closed as inactive. laj424 PARTIES INVOLVED PERSON 1 Role(s): Victim Last: Knutson First: David Middle: Race: Height: Date of Birth: Refused / Unavailable Weight: Sex: Male Residence: 1560 Highway 55; Hastings, MN 55033 Residence Type: GOVERNMENT/PUBLIC BUILDING Residence Description: Court House OFFENSE INFORMATION Type Charge Level Description Statute 609.765.2 Gross Misdemeanor Criminal Defamation-Acts RELATED REPORTS Agency Case Number Type Description Dakota Investigations 17900122 Incident-Reference Related investigation  “@johnsonmedia2”  involving Twitter user  Dakota Investigations (MN0190000) Page 2 of 2 Report Generated by: -() Creation: Brian Eells 2018-06-01 07:17:28

Q: You note on page 2 of your petition that respondent, meaning Ms. Ristau, pursued and photographed victims with intent to distribute the photograph. Do you have certain knowledge that Ms. Ristau actually pursued your wife?

Michael Brodkorb

A: Yes. She wasn’t with — she wasn’t accompanying my wife and my children at Famous Footwear.
Q: Did you witness her pursue your wife?
A: I did not.
Q. Did you know Ms. — are you claiming to know Ms. Ristau intent, you know what she’s thinking?
A: I can’t speak to — I can’t –HANSEN: Object as to foundation. She’s asking him to read somebody’s mind. I think if there is —

THE COURT: She’s — overruled. She’s asking about what appeared in the petition. I think she has a right to ask those questions.

Well, based on what’s in the petition, it’s obvious that Ms. Ristau pursued my wife for a period of time.

Attorney Rebecca Moore

BY MS. MOORE: Q. But it’s not obvious based on the facts. Did you witness Ms. Ristau pursue your wife?
A: No.
Q. And you are not presuming to tell the Court that you know what Ms. Ristau’s intent was when she took the photo?
A: I can offer my opinion, but I can’t state what her —
Q: Okay. All right.
A: I can’t state what Ms. Ristau’s intent was. Direct Examination of Michael Brodkorb by Ms. Rebecca Moore. Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) Suit Sarah Beth Brodkorb, Michael Brodkorb, and o/b/o Minor Children (AB, EB, BB), Petitioners, vs. Diane Kathleen Ristau, Respondent. File No. 19AV-CV-18-2159. Transcript of hearing on September 26, 2018.

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The Decriminalization of Violent Offenders

(Nataliia Karia~Photo Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

On November 18, 2016 Nataliia Karia of Minneapolis hung a 16-month-old boy enrolled in her daycare by a noose she made out of a pair of tights. She told a parent that was dropping off his child at the home that she had “done something bad,” and fled the scene. Karia ran over a man standing near his vehicle, then kept going and struck a bicyclist. The pedestrian was dragged a significant distance, police said, and suffered broken bones and scrapes. The bicyclist suffered a broken leg. A third person struck by Karia’s car, was driving toward downtown when her car was hit.  The 16-month-old survived after the parent dropping off his child took the noose off the child’s neck.

Nataliia Karia was charged with second-degree attempted murder, third-degree assault and two counts of criminal vehicular operation. She pleaded guilty to attempted murder in November 2016.

Judge Jay Quam

 

Karia was sentenced by Judge Jay M. Quam on July 16, 2018 in Hennepin County.

She received a 10-year probationary sentence, with credit for the 20 months in jail. She also must follow court-ordered mental health treatment and electronic home monitoring for at least two months. She will live with her adult son but cannot have unsupervised contact with her daughters or other minors. Karia’s three other children are ages 2, 7 and 10, and child protection proceedings continue over her fitness as a parent.

Excerpts from No prison time for Minneapolis day-care provider who tried to hang toddler

In deciding against prison time, Quam agreed with the assessment by doctors that Karia was “a low risk” to reoffend. He called her actions “the perfect storm of factors unlikely to ever be repeated.” He said Karia’s “was one of the hardest cases I’ve ever had. … There are no easy answers here.”

Prosecutor Christina Warren pushed for a term of nearly 13 years, raising doubts that Karia could be properly supervised outside of prison and receive the care she needs to restore her mental health.

Warren wrote in a court filing that “instead of being the person most able and willing to protect [the boy] from harm, she … left him hanging by a noose around his neck in her basement.”

The defense argued for no further incarceration. It pointed to several ways that Karia has already been punished including her lengthy jail time, loss of her child-care career, parental time with her son and daughters, and a monetary loss topping $100,000.

Karia’s young adult son from a previous marriage, Denys, wrote a letter to the court alleging that his father was abusive to Karia over many years since he met her and married her through a Ukrainian agency. He wrote that he would “menace” her with a gun and commit other acts of physical abuse.

Denys wrote that he made audio recordings of the abusive and sometimes violent encounters with his father. He turned over four of those recordings to the court on behalf of his mother.


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