Former Sheriff Pleads “Not Guilty” to New Charge
Former Kanabec County Sheriff Von Thompson appeared in Kanabec County court Tuesday and if he doesn’t pay $100 before the end of the day, he is going back into custody.
Judge Krista Martin ordered the former sheriff to pay $100 performance bond for violating conditions of his release. He is charged with felony counts of exploiting over $172,000 from a 91-year-old Mora man between October of 2007 and May of 2008. The criminal complaint states Thompson told the elderly man that he needed the money to buy a plane which he later intended to sell.
If convicted, he could face 80 years in prison.
Tuesday, he was arraigned on a petty misdemeanor charge for allegedly trying to steal sausages from a grocery story in Mora. The value of the sausage is about $4. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Kanabec County Attorney Amy Brosnahan said the misdemeanor charge is a violation of Thompson’s release conditions. Judge Martin said there is “enough evidence of probable cause to be concerned enough,” regarding the new charge.
If Thompson fails to pay the bond by end of the day, Martin said she will issue a warrant for his arrest.
The former sheriff is due back in court on March 18th.
Thompson served as sheriff for 18 years, until 1999.