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RENVILLE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT

Court based in Renville County, Minnesota.

Anthony James Negen, 74, of Renville, was convicted Monday Nov. 21 for criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. He was sentenced to a downward departure of 72 months in prison. Negen pleaded guilty to the charge in Renville County District Court in September. According to the criminal complaint, Negen had been sexually abusing a female juvenile for eight years.
Craig Michael Van Dam, 41, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for a single felony charge of driving while impaired. A Renville County jury found him guilty in August. The charge stemmed from a traffic stop in Olivia after Van Dam was seen speeding through Bird Island in July 2021. During a pursuit, Van Dam hit speeds over 110 mph. A subsequent search of his vehicle yielded a glass pipe and a prescription bottle with suspected marijuana buds.
A 22-year-old man was convicted in Renville County District Court for the rape of two girls in the city of Franklin. Lukus Alen Scheer was sentenced to 108 months and 70 months in prison, to be served concurrently. He will be on supervised release for life after he serves his prison sentence. Scheer's expected release date is Sept. 20, 2028, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Codi James Truelove, 31, recently of Bird Island, was sentenced in Renville County District Court to a 17-month prison term for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in January 2021. Truelove was already serving a 17-month prison sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud in an unrelated case. The sentences will be served concurrently.

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The prosecution in the Renville County District Court murder case against Houston Morris asked the court to prevent him from making a claim of self-defense in his upcoming trial on charges of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old boy in Olivia. The criminal complaint charges that the knife was intended for the youth's mother.
Bradley James Westphal has pleaded not guilty plea in Renville County District Court to a third-degree murder charge. Westphal was charged in December 2021 for the death of a woman on July 19, 2021, after she overdosed on fentanyl. A jury trial is set for March.
Spencer Troy Sternhagen, 34, of Emmons, was sentenced Aug. 4 in Renville County District Court to 107 months on prison on first-degree drug possession. He was convicted of breaking into a pharmacy in Renville and stealing more than 1,000 pills of prescription medications.
Jacob Ryan Kramer, of Hector, was convicted in Renville County District Court of a subsequent violation of failure to register as a predatory offender with the state of Minnesota and sentenced to two years in prison. He failed to register a vehicle.
A Renville man faces six counts of first-degree criminal conduct in the alleged rape of a girl, and a Willmar woman is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting him in the sexual assault.
A Renville man was sentenced to 150 months for a second-degree murder conviction. He told law enforcement at the time that he shot the victim after he attacked another man while the three were drinking Aug. 5 of last year.

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Deja Denise Padilla, 19, of Montevideo, has been arrested in connection with the overdose death of an individual in Renville County in November 2021. The medical examiner said the toxic effects of methamphetamine and fentanyl were the cause of death. Padilla has been charged with murder in the third degree, for allegedly supplying the fentanyl that caused the individual’s death.
A tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children led to a felony charge against a Litchfield man for disseminating sexual images of minors. He has been sentenced to four years supervised probation with numerous conditions.
Michael Shane Clemon, 43, of Redwood Falls, was sentenced recently n Renville County District Court to 95 months, with credit for 509 days served, in one burglary case. A 39-month sentence on the second case will be served concurrently.

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