Minnesota appeals court vacates guilty plea in White Bear Lake neighbor harassment case


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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that a woman should have been allowed to withdraw her guilty plea to a charge that she harassed a neighboring family in White Bear Lake.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/1Fmc0iX ) the court vacated the plea Monday for 51-year-old Lori Christensen, who had been sentenced to five years of probation in October 2013. She pleaded guilty in July 2013 to violating a restraining order.

Christensen changed her mind about a month later and requested to withdraw the plea. A Ramsey County district judge rejected her request.

The appeals court says the record of the plea hearing doesn't show she had contact with her neighbors.

A spokesman for the Ramsey County attorney's office says officials will now contemplate the next steps in the case.

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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