Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Model and Hazelden the unofficial training arm of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous 12 Step councilors and Interventionists (paid bounty hunters of the 12 Step faith) have just announced the newest batch of felony criminals sentenced to the 12 Step rooms in Sherburne County. Out of the 14 Felony convictions, only three were directly mandated to the rooms of AA or NA, the other ones are awaiting evaluations and probation. The evaluations and probation may require AA and NA attendance and is covered by Area 35, Disrict 5 in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Shawn David Nims, 29, fifth-degree controlled substance crime – marijuana, imposition of sentence stayed five years on conditions including 60 days in jail, fined $300, ordered to abstain from alcohol and nonprescribed mood-altering substances, undergo random urinalysis, provide a DNA sample, attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, submit to random searches, continue programming at Riverplace and follow all recommendations, abstain from possession and use of dangerous weapons. Judge: Thomas D. Hayes.
Charles John Green, 48, first-degree controlled substance crime, methamphetamine, sentenced to 74 months in prison with execution stayed 10 years on conditions, fined $300, ordered to abstain from alcohol and nonprescribed mood-altering substances, undergo random urinalysis, provide a DNA sample, attend weekly AA or NA meetings, submit to random searches, abstain from possession and use of dangerous weapons. Judge: Thomas D. Hayes.
Joseph Allen Knotz, 44, fifth-degree controlled substance crime – marijuana, imposition of sentence stayed five years on conditions including 120 days in jail, fined $50 and ordered to abstain from alcohol and nonprescribed mood-altering substances, undergo random urinalysis, attend Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, abstain from use and possession of dangerous weapons, complete a Rule 25 evaluation and follow recommendations and provide a DNA sample. Judge: Karla Hancock.
Sherburne County requires that the probationer report the name of the group, the date attended and a verifying SIGNATURE and PHONE NUMBER.
Sherburne County is extremely sparsely populated:
As of the census of 2000, there were 64,417 people, 21,581 households, and 16,746 families residing in the county. The population density was 148 people per square mile (57/km²). There were 22,827 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.73% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.1% were of German, 13.6% Norwegian, 7.5% Swedish and 6.2% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.