Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—A St. Paul man was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for repeatedly striking an intruder he discovered in his garage last summer until the man stopped moving. Allan "Buddy" Mischara Aguilar, 47, died from the blows. Instead of reporting what happened to law enforcement, John Michael Erickson decided to cover up what had happened and hide Aguilar's body in his garage. It decomposed there for weeks before being discovered.
ST. PAUL—Destiny Xiong reached down for her cellphone just before smashing into a line of cars backed up on Interstate 35W in New Brighton almost two years ago. The collision left a St. Paul woman dead, a toddler without her mom, a man without his fiancee, and a family seared by grief. It's a story a Ramsey County district judge ordered Xiong to continue telling at the Hudson, Wis., woman's sentencing hearing Tuesday. April 3, on one count of misdemeanor-level careless driving.
ST. PAUL—A woman here is accused of relentlessly harassing her neighbor, at times going so far as to yell racial slurs at the woman's visitors and attaching a sex toy to her fence, authorities say. Roberta Ann Madison, 63, was charged via warrant with two counts of gross-misdemeanor level stalking, as well as three counts of violating a restraining order her neighbor took out against her, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL—Diamond Reynolds was found not guilty of the most serious charges in an assault case that involving allegations she attacked another woman with a hammer last February. A Ramsey County District Jury found Reynolds not guilty of the two felony-level charges filed against her in the case. Jurors did find her guilty of fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
ST. PAUL — Jacinda Dunlap recalled for a jury two women jumping out of their car to attack her after she parked outside her St. Paul home late last winter. They started punching her and pulling her hair, said Dunlap, 25, during her testimony in Ramsey County District Court this week. One of them hit her head with a sledgehammer, she said. According to Dunlap, the woman with the sledgehammer was Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile.
ST. PAUL—Devontre Vann told a court Wednesday, March 28, that every day he thinks about the pain he caused two young women when he and three acquaintances under the influence of tequila and Xanax took turns raping them on Harriet Island last summer. "I want to apologize to the victims and their families," Vann said to Ramsey County District Judge Mark Ireland when it was his turn to speak at his sentencing hearing. "I regret what happened. That's something I think about every night." Vann, 20, was the second of the four defendants charged in the case to be sentenced.
ST. PAUL — A teacher who alerted authorities about a possible gun at Como Park Senior High Wednesday, March 21, overheard a student telling friends he planned to "bust (another teen's) head off," authorities say. She also reportedly heard him mention a gun. The tip led police to pull 16-year-old Darrion Isaiah Gresham from his classroom Wednesday morning. As they patted him down, a loaded, black handgun was found tucked in his waistband, legal documents say.
ST. PAUL—A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against Regions Hospital after staff accidentally discarded a family's stillborn baby in the hospital's dirty laundry after promising to cremate the remains. An attorney representing the hospital wrote a letter to the judge hearing the case last month informing him the matter was settled, according to a legal document filed in Ramsey County District Court.
LITTLE CANADA, Minn.—An employee at a group home here is accused of sexually assaulting a woman with severe mental and physical disabilities who lives at the residence. Peter Daniel Hackman, 27, was charged via warrant with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. Hackman raped the resident while he was caring for her at the home located in the 500 block of Allen Avenue the morning of March 7, authorities say.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn.—More than a year since an Arden Hills collision killed two teens and severely injured another, investigators think the answer to its cause may be locked in a cellphone. More than a year since a Maple Grove woman's SUV collided into a vehicle carrying three Mounds View High School students at an Arden Hills intersection, investigators are seeking to access her phone to determine if she was using it at the time of the crash.