Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 20, 2003

Two charged in Winstock bomb incident

By Ryan Gueningsman

Two men appeared in court Oct. 9 for making a bomb at the Winstock Country Music Festival in June.

Kelly Parpart, 24, of Lester Prairie and Westley Tessmer, 25, of Brownton were both charged with one felony count of explosive and incendiary devices.

At about 2 a.m. June 15, a McGyver type bomb was placed inside a Mini-Biff in lot C of the Winstock campgrounds, according to a criminal complaint.

The bomb went off causing injuries to an adult female who was inside at the time of the explosion.

In a statement made to police, both men admitted that Parpart had made the bomb and Tessmer placed it inside of the Mini-Biff. They had gotten the idea by a man who approached them at their campsite, according to court papers.

The two were in court Oct. 9. Tessmer pleaded guilty to his charge and the court ordered a pre-sentence investigation be conducted before sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21.

Parpart was placed on five years of probation, in which he has to serve 30 days in the McLeod Count y Jail, perform 30 days of Sentence to Serve work, pay a $1,500 fine, and complete and follow the recommendations of a chemical dependency evaluation.


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