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Appeals court denies two challenges from Beltrami County

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BELTRAMI COUNTY -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled on two Beltrami County District Court appeals on Monday.

Johnson Dean TeJohn, 27, of Cass Lake, challenged the court’s decision on his conviction of felony domestic assault and second-degree DWI from incidents that occurred in 2012. TeJohn argued that his convictions were not supported by sufficient evidence and that the district court erred by admitting an audio recording of a witness’ statement to police and ruling that respondent could use his prior felony convictions and probationary status to impeach him.

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The appellate court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion by allowing impeachment of TeJohn with evidence of his status as a probationer.

Curtis Jay French, 27, of Ponemah, challenged the court’s decision on two first-degree assault convictions and sentences from incidents that occurred in 2011. French argued that the district court abused its discretion by admitting expert testimony, that his convictions are not supported by sufficient evidence and the district court abused its discretion by imposing consecutive 120-month sentences.

The appellate court concluded that the district court’s imposition of consecutive sentences did not unfairly exaggerate the criminality of French’s conduct and the court therefore did not abuse its discretion.

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