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Maplewood man who raped teen in assault shown on Facebook gets 12 years


January 16, 2017

Lavell Hollenbeck is mentally impaired, but he also committed an egregious crime that dramatically altered the life of a young teen.

Weighing those two factors made arriving at an appropriate sentence for the 21-year-old Maplewood man who raped a drunken 15-year-old girl in the fall of 2015 extraordinarily challenging, Ramsey County District Judge Joy Bartscher said before announcing her decision in court Friday.

“I think there is often an expectation that we as judges have some kind of magical power to know what is right to do … (in hard cases like this),” Bartscher said.


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