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Lester Prairie mayor maintains his innocence, enters Alford plea
Dec. 5, 2011

By Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie Mayor Andy Heimerl, while maintaining his innocence, entered an Alford plea before Judge Michael Savre Thursday in McLeod County District Court.

Heimerl was charged Sept. 13 with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, in connection with an incident that occurred during the city’s Prairie Days celebration July 16.

The incident involved a verbal confrontation with another man following a parade.

An Alford plea is a plea of guilty that may be accepted by a court even when the defendant does not admit guilt. When entering an Alford plea, the defendant has to admit that he has reviewed the state’s evidence, a reasonable jury could find him guilty, and he wants to take advantage of a plea offer that has been made. The court has the discretion as to whether to accept this type of plea.

Heimerl’s settlement agreement includes no jail time, and no sentence-to-serve or community service.

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered, and sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22.

Heimerl was represented in court by Winsted attorney Fran Eggert.

Hutchinson City Attorney Marc Sebora was the prosecutor.

Eggert noted that Heimerl is maintaining his innocence, but wants to put the issue behind him.

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