District Court, Kandiyohi County
- A 22-year-old Belgrade man was sentenced Feb. 13 on two separate cases from 2006 involving felony charges.
Bobby Joel Taylor faced two felony charges of first-degree criminal damage to property -- one for aiding and abetting -- from an incident in 2006. He also faced felony charges of harassment/stalking and terroristic threats after allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.
Taylor pleaded guilty to one of the criminal damage to property charges Dec. 12, and later pleaded guilty to the harassment/stalking charge Feb. 5. As part of the plea agreement, the remaining charges against Taylor were dismissed.
On Feb. 13, Judge Michael J. Thompson issued stayed sentences of 13 and 18 months in prison for the criminal damage to property charge and the harassment/stalking charge, respectively. Thompson also fined Taylor $50 for both of the convictions and ordered him to serve 180 days in jail as a condition of the stayed sentence. Taylor was given credit for 95 days already spent in jail.
Taylor is also responsible for restitution of $2,034.20, and must perform 400 hours of community work service.
Because of Taylor's most recent felony convictions, Taylor will also serve out a 15-month prison sentence that had previously been stayed. The 15-month sentence stems from Taylor's 2005 conviction of a violation of an order for protection.
Including previous time served in jail, Taylor was credited for a total of 266 days already spent in jail.
The harassment/stalking charges were filed against Taylor after a woman reported to the Willmar Police Department Oct. 25 that she was receiving harassing calls at her home.
According to the complaint, the woman had previously been dating Taylor. On Oct. 16., a day after ending the relationship, she reported receiving 82 phone calls on her home phone from Taylor. The woman also said she picked up the phone at one point and Taylor allegedly threatened to cut her.
The criminal damage to property charges stemmed from an incident of vandalism near the intersection of 155th Avenue and 160th Street Northeast.
According to the complaint, Taylor and another man ran over a portable toilet with a vehicle. Numerous street signs in the area also appeared to be run over. The two men caused more than $1,800 worth of damage to county signs and the portable toilet, the complaint states.
- A 43-year-old Spicer woman was sentenced Feb. 12 on a felony charge for taking more than $40,000 from her 85-year-old mother.
Ann Martha Zilch-Koch faced a felony charge of financially exploiting a vulnerable adult after she drained her mother's bank accounts. Zilch-Koch's mother is confined to a wheelchair and is in a nursing home.
On Jan. 2, Zilch-Koch pleaded guilty to the charge under the agreement that she would receive a stay of imposition at sentencing. A stay of imposition would allow the felony to be reduced to a misdemeanor on Zilch-Koch's record if she complies with the conditions set at sentencing.
On Feb. 12, Judge Michael J. Thompson issued a 10-year stay of imposition on Zilch-Koch. As part of the condition, Zilch-Koch was fined $700 and was ordered to serve 120 days in jail. Thompson also ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $9,199.47.
Charges were filed against Zilch-Koch after her mother became delinquent on payments to Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home. Zilch-Koch's mother was on a private pay plan for $4,000 a month and was delinquent more than $16,000.
During their investigation, police discovered that Zilch-Koch had received power of attorney privileges over her mother's affairs and was the designated payer on the account. However, the complaint states that between July of 2004 and October of 2005, more than $41,000 had been withdrawn from Zilch-Koch's mother's bank and money market accounts.
During a police interview, Zilch-Koch admitted to taking the money from the accounts, stating she had money problems and was trying to put money back into the account.
- A 23-year-old Bird Island man was sentenced Friday on a felony drug charge stemming from a traffic stop during which methamphetamine and marijuana were found in his vehicle.
Jeremy Jon Hoff faced a felony fifth-degree controlled substance violation along with misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor charges after the Feb. 7, 2006 traffic stop.
Hoff pleaded guilty to the felony charge Nov. 9 under the agreement that the remaining charges would be dropped.
Judge David L. Mennis sentenced Hoff to 366 days in prison Friday and fined him $1,000. The prison time was stayed under the conditions that Hoff serve 121 days in jail. Mennis also gave Hoff credit for 121 days already spent in jail.
Charges were filed against Hoff after he was pulled over by a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy for speeding along County Road 8 just south of Lake Lillian.
According to the complaint, the deputy clocked Hoff traveling at 85 mph and pulled him over. While stopped, the deputy noticed Hoff leaning forward, and appeared to be tucking something under the seat. The deputy ordered Hoff out of the vehicle and arrested him for not having driving privileges. A bag of meth and marijuana was later found underneath Hoff 's seat in the vehicle.