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In arguing for a lighter sentence, Stellpflug said “minor disciplinary transgressions” in jail shouldn’t keep Beecroft from being considered for probation because she had been incarcerated 2,589 consecutive days — or slightly more than seven years.
He also said Beecroft had expressed no concerns about trouble while in the jail and wanted to sometimes go to an outside exercise yard, which the jail doesn’t have. She had learned to “talk tough, appear indifferent” in prison as a means of survival, he said.
But prosecutors Karin McCarthy and Siv Yurichuk of the Washington County attorney’s office have asked for the maximum sentence. Said Yurichuk, “I think her record in the jail shows that she doesn’t take directives and doesn’t follow rules and policies and procedures.”
Minnesota Department of Corrections records show that Beecroft committed several infractions at the Shakopee prison, all of them in 2009, before she was transferred to South Dakota after she threatened to escape. Infractions included disobeying a direct order and disorderly conduct. She also was disciplined for smuggling, possession of contraband and “unauthorized control, theft, possession, transfer or use of property.”
Stellpflug said he couldn’t find any justification for Beecroft’s transfer to South Dakota for the “escape nonsense” because other inmates who heard her talk about it said she was joking.
Heinen, at the county jail, said Beecroft was skilled at manipulating people.
“She knew what buttons to push to stay in power,” he said.
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