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Amy Horsfield’s crime is a misdemeanor, and she could face up to a year in jail.
The prosecutors took no position on whether Horsfield should be held until she is sentenced.
But following the verdict, they told the judge that the city attorney’s office had received information that Amy Horsfield had called a reporter at the Star Tribune and left a threatening voice-mail message, after an article about her appeared in the newspaper.
Wernick decided to jail her until the sentencing, citing the alleged threat and trial testimony that Horsfield had been contacting the Lino Lakes prisoner while she was being investigated for abusing Bishop.
She was led out of the courtroom by two Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies.
Attorneys from both sides were instructed by Wernick not to speak to news outlets until after the sentencing.
Paule, the defense attorney, is likely to file an appeal on several issues. He objected to a number of Wernick’s rulings and several times argued there should be a mistrial, which Wernick rejected.
Randy Furst • 612-673-4224