Minnesota woman gets probation for homicideA Minnesota woman was sentenced to five years’ probation Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court for vehicular homicide.
By: Jason Schulte, Pierce County Herald
A Minnesota woman was sentenced to five years’ probation Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court for vehicular homicide.
Janice M. Pedersen, 64, Webster, Minn., pled guilty to the Class D felony in July, relating to an October 2010 accident which resulted in the death of Donald R. Opdahl, 65.
Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles also ruled six months jail as a probation condition. However, Boles, citing state statutes, ruled Pedersen could serve out the period on home monitoring. Health needs were given, as Pedersen is suffering from Crohn’s disease and it was agreed upon during the sentencing hearing, she would not get the care she needs while in jail.
Her age and criminal history, or lack thereof, as this was her first, also played a factor, Boles said.
“I believe you are remorseful and it’s unlikely you would do this same activity again,” the Judge added. “It’s very rare not to have confinement in this case, but I agree probation is the appropriate sentence.”
For more please read the Oct. 17 print version of the Herald.