Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Feb. 21, 2000

Caldwell sentenced to 4 years in prison

By Gail Lipe

Tanya Ann Caldwell, 24, one of the six defendants indicted in the death of Randy Pool, was sentenced on Wednesday to four years in prison. She pleaded guilty to one felony charge of kidnapping on Nov. 9.

Pool's body was found in a duffel bag in the Clearwater River on July 28. Authorities believe Pool was held, against his will, in his home in Hutchinson for approximately three days in July, during which time he was repeatedly beaten and tortured.

Richard Patrick Ligenza previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping Pool and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Heather Lynn Ecklund, Shawn Allen McCollum, Toby Earl Johnson and Isaac Leroy Engstrom were indicted for the first-degree murder, second-degree murder and kidnapping of Pool.

Ecklund and Engstrom have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which included cooperating, and testifying if necessary, during the trials of the co-defendants. Their sentencings are set for May.

McCollum requested a change of venue on Feb. 4, which has been granted. The jury selection for his trial begins on March 14 in Hastings.

Johnson's hearing is scheduled on March 24, with the jury trial set to begin on April 11.

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