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Man charged for paying informant to 'throw' testimony

WILLMAR -- David Dennis Jacobson, 50, of Blomkest, appeared Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court on a felony charge of bribery for allegedly paying a man to "throw" his testimony in a drug sale case.

Unconditional bail was set at $200,000. Jacobson's next hearing is an omnibus hearing on Sept. 2.

According to the complaint, a CEE-VI Drug Task Force infor-mant met with drug task force agents in July regarding Jacobson offering the man money not to testify against him in the drug case.

Jacobson faces first- and third-degree charges for allegedly selling the man 1.7 grams of meth on Nov. 19 and 14.9 grams of meth on Dec. 1 at his rural Blomkest home.

According to court records, the jury trial was set for Aug. 31.

The informant met Jacobson at a Willmar retail store parking lot, where the men discussed Jacobson paying $5,000, in two payments, for the man to not testify against him or to roll the testimony in Jacobson's favor.

The men met at the same location on Aug. 4, when Jacobson allegedly handed over $1,000 and told the man to meet him at his home to receive another $1,000.

Jacobson was apprehended by officers as he left the parking lot.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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