Man serving time in Minnesota sues hereA Minnesota inmate serving time for manslaughter is asking a Pierce County judge to review probation decisions he claims led to him being imprisoned too long.
By: Judy Wiff, Pierce County Herald
A Minnesota inmate serving time for manslaughter is asking a Pierce County judge to review probation decisions he claims led to him being imprisoned too long.
In a civil complaint filed Feb. 24, Randall Arthur Radunz, 47, alleges a warrant that led to revocation of his probation was obtained under false pretenses. He also claims he was illegally arrested, a Pierce County officer conspired against him, and there were multiple errors in the decision of the hearing and appeals referee.
Radunz is serving a seven-year term after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of a Minnesota woman.
Tanya Cusinato died after allegedly using cocaine and being tied up in a cargo van as Radunz and two other men took her from his Pierce County farm back to Minnesota.
As her condition worsened, the men drove the woman to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where doctors used paddles to resuscitate her, according to newspaper reports at the time. Cusinato died the next day after she was taken off life support.
Prosecutors in Pierce County and Washington and Ramsey counties in Minnesota originally struggled over how to prosecute the case because of uncertainty over where and how she was killed.
Radunz, an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault, Minn., is now asking the Pierce County court to review decisions by the Wisconsin Division of Hearing and Appeals.
According to background in the civil complaint, Radunz pleaded guilty in 2002 to felon in possession of firearms. The court withheld sentence and placed him on probation for two years.
On May 15, 2003, a few days after Cusinato died, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on Radunz’s farm and, due to evidence found, contacted his probation agent and had him arrested.
“The following day, Detective (Bruce) Von Haden conspired with Ryan Gemoll to ‘burglarize’ (Radunz’s) farm buildings to retrieve ‘guns’ that were allegedly stored at that location,” says the civil complaint.
Radunz says that, due to the evidence found, his probation was revoked and he was sentenced to five years. He claims his probation was revoked in violation of Wisconsin Department of Corrections policy, state law and the U.S. Constitution.
He also claims his probation agent demanded a statement from him without his attorney being present.
Because of the Wisconsin probation violation, Radunz’s “points” in Minnesota were raised an extra point, causing him to be imprisoned longer, says the civil complaint.
He alleges that, because of the Wisconsin situation, he was delayed being charged in Minnesota for 18 months and not taken to Minnesota until his Wisconsin sentenced was finished, causing him to be given a consecutive, rather than a concurrent, sentence.