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Lindgren sentenced


February 1, 2018

Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, Cloquet, was sentenced to 50 months in prison on Tuesday, January 30, for kidnapping, assault and threats of violence.

There were numerous charges against Lindgren in three files. He was arrested on August 1, 2016, and charged with threats of violence, possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, criminal damage to property, possession of a dangerous weapon, DWI and driving after suspension.

In the second file, dated May 15, 2017, Lindgren was charged with 10 counts: kidnapping, assault, threats of violence, false imprisonment, use of drugs to facilitate a crime, and possession of drugs in the fifth degree.

Instead of going to trial, a plea agreement was reached.

Michael Boese, the prosecuting attorney, said the victim of the kidnapping was not present in the courtroom but he had been very involved in the case.

“That young man is doing very well in his life right now,” he told Judge Leslie Beiers. “It was a learning lesson. He was involved in drug sales and learned that it was not the type of path he should be pursuing. He is very much in agreement with the plea agreement. Lindgren has no previous criminal history.”

Lindgren’s attorney, Joanna Wiegert, told the judge and the court Lindgren had accepted the plea agreement.

“If he had continued on the path that he was on he realized he would end up dead,” she said. “He is highly motivated and he has a new baby. In working with him, I saw a big change. He is remorseful and wants to move forward.”

Lindgren spoke to the judge and expressed his feelings about the agreement.

“I appreciate the reasonable offer,” he said. “If you play with fire, you are going to get burned. I had nothing personal against (the victim).”

Judge Beiers told Lindgren the crimes he committed were very serious.

“You have caused harm to the young man in these crimes,” she said. “That will always be a part of who he is. He will have to deal with that. You are in your early 20s and are at a crossroads in your life. I did see you expressed some remorse. You have had time to reflect on your actions. You do see prison as an opportunity to change things. Clearly, the ball is in your court. You can take advantage of treatment, parenting classes and educational opportunities. It’s up to you. I hope for the sake of your family and the community that you don’t continue with your past behavior.”

Judge Beiers sentenced Lindgren to one year and one day in a state prison for the assault and threats of violence charges, with restitution reserved for 60 days. He will be given credit for 257 days served.

The charges on another file, aggravated tampering with a witness in the first degree and threats of violence, were dismissed.

For the file in which he was charged with kidnapping and assault, as well as drugs, Lindgren was sentenced to 50 months in prison, with credit for 255 days served. The two prison terms will be served concurrently.


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