Friday, August 27, 2010

Nisswa Man In Hot Water

A Republican National Convention protester has pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor conspiracy charge and has been sentenced to 91 days in jail.

23-year old Erick Oseland of Nisswa pleaded guilty Friday to 3rd Degree Conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property.  Under the plea agreement, the other charges against him were dismissed.  He'll also pay a $100.00 fine. 

Oseland was one of eight defendants known as the RNC-8 who were accused of plotting to disrupt the convention in 2008 in downtown St. Paul.  The others are still fighting felony charges and say they're commited to going to trial.

Oseland declined to comment after the hearing.  His attorney, Ted Dooley, said the fact that oseland does not have to testify against his co-defendants was "pivotal" to taking the deal. 

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