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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Local woman jailed again


February 1, 2018

Karen Lynn Eaton, 42, Sturgeon Lake, was charged with two counts of Threats of Violence, a felony, and Obstructing the Legal Process, a gross misdemeanor, on January 23.

According to the criminal complaint, officers from the Moose Lake Police Department went to the Days Inn in Moose Lake and arrested a man staying in the hotel on an outstanding Pine County warrant.

The officers made contact at that time with Eaton.

The following day, January 23, the officers returned to the Days Inn as they had learned that Eaton also had an outstanding warrant. According to the complaint, officers made contact with Eaton in the room and notified her of the warrant. Eaton did not cooperate with officers and moved toward a nightstand while telling the officer she was going to kill him. Officers were aware Eaton has a history of violence and deployed a taser. Eaton was handcuffed and resisted the officer’s attempts to move her into a vehicle by yelling, making threats, stating again she was going to kill the officer, pushing physically away from officers and snapping her head toward the officer’s head as he was attempting to place a seat belt on her in the vehicle.

Eaton appeared at a bail hearing on January 25 and bail bond was set at $20,000/$2,000.

An omnibus hearing was set for February 7 at 10 a.m.

Eaton has a long record of other minor charges of speeding and no proof of insurance, dating back to 2001. On August 19, 2014, Eaton was charged with two counts of attempted murder in the first and second degree, which were dismissed, and three counts of assault in the first and second degree.

Two counts were dismissed, but she was convicted on the count of assault in the second degree, great bodily harm, for which she was sentenced to serve 86 months in the women’s prison in Shakopee. That sentence was stayed for 20 years on conditions, and she was to serve 365 days in the Pine County Jail, with credit for time served. The sentence was amended on October 26, 2017, due to a probation violation and she was sentenced to serve 30 days in the Pine County Jail and fined $75,000.


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