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10-years probation in fatal hypothermia case


BEMIDJI— A Bemidji woman who last month pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge in the hypothermia death of her 6-year-old cousin has, for the moment, avoided jail time.

Rachel Downer, 23, used her hands to sponge up tears Monday as Judge Shari Schluchter read her sentence: no prison, as long as Downer follows the letter of her probation for 10 years. Schluchter granted the wishes of the defense and the prosecution by staying a sentence that would have sent Downer, found to have a persistent mental illness, to prison for 32 months.


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