Second of Three Arrested in Hinckley Driving Instructor Beating

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 11:32 am
Dwaine Palmer after the attack

Dwaine Palmer after the attack

The second of the three men accused of beating Hinckley driving instructor Dwaine Palmer was arrested on Friday.

Aaron Jay Lagarde, 18, is currently being held in the Pine County Jail.  Charges were filed against him and Johnathon Cody Thomas, 20, in January.  Each face five charges in case.

They are both charged with Aiding/Abetting Assault in the first, second and third degree, as well as Aiding/Abetting Simple Robbery,  and Aiding/Abetting Aggravated Robbery in the first degree.

If convicted, Thomas and Lagarde could spend a maximum 62-years in prison and pay over $100,000 in fines.

The third man charged in the attack, Olaf Thomas, 22, of Sandstone was arrested in December.  He is charged with Aiding/Abetting Assault in the first degree and Aiding/Abetting Aggravated Robbery in the first degree, as well as, four other counts.

Jonathon Cody Thomas remains at large.

Palmer, 64, was beaten by three men while walking his dog, Sweetie, the morning of November 29th.  The attack left Palmer with a broken nose, jaw, eye sockets, and cracked ribs.


  1. Jeanine 03/9/10 at 9:59pm

    And this is the main reason I love Lopve the post.

  2. PC MOM 05/10/10 at 7:18am

    Maybe us taxpayers and residents of Pine County should start pressuring our elected official. COunty Attorney John Carlson about his policy of making deals. A little too much of that going around. Violent criminals should not be given these kinds of deals! We need to stand up for our own protection and interests. Let’s pressure the County Attorneys Office and demand harsher punishment. It’s about saving time & money is what it boils down to. Are we really going to allow this to continue?

  3. Herculie 05/10/10 at 9:03am

    I cannot thank you enough!

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