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