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Hermantown woman who skipped sentencing arrested at Hinckley casino | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Published February 20, 2013, 12:50 PM

Hermantown woman who skipped sentencing arrested at Hinckley casino

UPDATE: Hermantown police canceled the missing-person alert for Susan Kay Thompson about 12:40 p.m. today, saying the former Minnesota Power official has been taken into custody.

By: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune

Hermantown police canceled the missing-person alert for Susan Kay Thompson about 12:40 p.m. today, saying the former Minnesota Power official has been taken into custody.

Thompson was found at Grand Casino Hinckley and taken into custody after a brief struggle while trying to harm herself, Deputy Hermantown Chief Shawn Padden said in a news release.

The former Minnesota Power official who didn’t show up for her sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to the theft of corporate property was reported missing Tuesday by her husband.

Thompson, 55, of Hermantown had not been seen since Thursday, her husband reported to Hermantown police.

Police had said that Thompson was driving a black 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe with Minnesota license plate 409-EBA and that she might be capable of self-harm if not located. She might be trying to avoid arrest on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for her sentencing last Thursday, they said.

Police said in a news release issued about a half-hour after the first that Thompson had been located and taken into custody.

Duluth defense attorney Kevin Cornwell asked the court to be allowed to withdraw as Thompson’s attorney for ethical reasons about a half-hour after she failed to appear in State District Court for her sentencing by Judge John DeSanto for theft of corporate property.

DeSanto granted the request.

Cornwell told the court that he had communicated by e-mail with Thompson at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday and she gave him no indication that she wasn’t going to report to court for sentencing.

DeSanto said he was issuing a bench warrant for Thompson’s arrest, ordering that she be brought to the St. Louis County Jail until a new sentencing hearing can be held, with the victims being given another chance to tell the court how Thompson’s crimes affected the company.

Cornwell said at noon today that he had not heard from Thompson since.

Thursday’s no-show was a continuation of Thompson‘s long pattern of missing court hearings before she finally appeared in December to plead guilty to the felony. She admitted that she used a corporate credit card for personal expenses, that it was against corporate policy and that she defrauded the company. As part of her plea agreement, Thompson agreed to pay $150,000 in restitution.

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