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[Update] Thompson Makes Court Appearance – Bond Set

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Former Kanabec County Sheriff Von Thompson appeared in Pine County Court Tuesday afternoon, just hours after turning himself in to police.

Thompson was considered a fugitive after disappearing for almost two weeks. He appeared alongside his attorney Charles Ramsay. Judge Krista Martin asked Ramsay where his client has been for the last two weeks and Ramsey responded, “I don’t know.”

Martin set bond for Thompson at $10,000. He posted bond. His next scheduled court appearance is January 16th.

Thompson is accused of exploiting more than $172,000 from a 91-year-old Mora man between October of 2007 and May of 2008.

Kanabec County Attorney Amy Brosnahan claims that Thompson tried to solicit from another individual in early November, which is a violation of his release. Ramsay said the claims were false, making the warrant illegal, because the alleged incident occurred before release conditions were set. Ramsay claims the incident occurred in Mid-October.

Ramsay says the facts of the warrant were not factually correct and accused Mora Police of “witness tampering”

Judge Martin said, “That is a very serious accusation.” Ramsay responded that he believes he has the documentation to back up his case.

Brosnahan said the accusations are “flat wrong.” The County Attorney called Thompson a “public threat” to the community because he is soliciting to pay off what he solicited from others.

The violations of Thompson’s release led to a warrant, which was issued on November 26th.

Ramsay acknowledged that his client was aware of the warrant.

Judge Martin said, “My concern is Mr. Thompson has been gone two weeks on an outstanding warrant.”

Martin added, “Mr. Thompson this isn’t about your convenience, its about a court order.” She went on to say “A court order is a court order is a court order. And [Thompson] of all people should know that.”

Martin said she wants to hear everything regarding the case on the record in the courtroom.

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