Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
A 19-year-old was placed on 15 years of probation and told to stay away from Facebook and underage girls after raping a 12-year-old at a friend’s house last year in St. Paul. Ramsey County District Judge Gary Bastian also sentenced Steven Pierre Williams to 354 days in jail but gave him credit for the 354 days he served in the case following his arrest, according to court records.
John Steurer had a favorite put-down for his wife of more than 20 years. “I was about as dumb as a box of rocks. That’s what he’d always tell me,” the woman said from a witness stand Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court. He also liked to remind his now ex-wife that he “owned her” and often kept her isolated at home with their two boys. If she talked about their relationship with other people, he got angry, the woman recalled in court. A few times, he struck her, she said. One time, he assaulted one of their sons.
It was the nature of the Craigslist ad that caught a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent’s attention. The poster said he was looking for “serious girls” who shared his interest in incest and starting a “nudist family.” He went on to describe his desire to get a mother and daughter pregnant at the same time, according to a criminal complaint.
ST. PAUL—Defense attorneys for the St. Anthony police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of a black motorist last summer have asked for a new judge. A motion was filed by Jeronimo Yanez's legal team Thursday afternoon requesting the removal of Ramsey County District Judge Edward Wilson from the case, according to court records. The rules of criminal procedure allow each side to strike one judge without cause, according to Earl Gray, one of the three attorneys representing Yanez.