Bagging bloody clothes nets jail sentenceA Minnesota woman will spend two years on probation for taking a bag of bloody clothes that belonged to a beating victim and bringing it to another residence.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A Minnesota woman will spend two years on probation for taking a bag of bloody clothes that belonged to a beating victim and bringing it to another residence.
Mellisa Coal Martinson, 29, of Sturgeon Lake, pleaded no contest last week in Douglas County Circuit Court to one felony count of aiding a felon. Along with the probation, she was sentenced to 70 days in jail. Martinson was ordered to provide a DNA sample, undergo a chemical dependency evaluation and pay a fine of $404. An imposed and stayed sentence of one year in jail was left in place. It would be triggered if Martinson fails to follow the conditions of her probation.
The charge stems from an incident on April 21. According to the criminal complaint: A beating victim named Jason Lane was brought to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior and later transferred to Duluth with life-threatening injuries. Martinson and Chad Loran Siegel of Superior allegedly dropped Lane off at a Superior residence prior to him being brought to the hospital. Siegel and Martinson put some bloodied items in a bag and threw it in the garbage. They later brought the bag of bloody items to a separate residence. The actual beating allegedly occurred on Skyline Parkway in Duluth. Siegel also faces one felony count of aiding a felon. His next appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court is slated for Aug. 5.