Graphic by Tim Engstrom
Graphic by Tim Engstrom

12 local convicts: Where are they now?

Published 8:28am Sunday, November 17, 2013

1. Robert Michael Hughes

• Residence before prison: Albert Lea

Robert Michael Hughes
Robert Michael Hughes

• Age: 40

• Conviction: first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder for the shooting death of his estranged wife, Tammy Hughes, on May 25, 2005

• Sentence: life sentence

• Prison history:

Oct. 20, 2006: started his sentence at the state prison in St. Cloud

Dec. 27, 2006: transferred to the prison in Stillwater

• Expiration of sentence: Oct. 19, 2105 (life sentence)

 

2. Richard David Scheib

• Residence before prison: Albert Lea

Richard David Scheib
Richard David Scheib

• Age: 38

• Conviction: second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 16 involving multiple acts, fleeing police in a motor vehicle

• Sentence: 7 1/2 years

• Prison history:

July 26, 2010: started his sentence at the state prison in St. Cloud

Oct. 27, 2010: transferred to the prison in Faribault

March 21, 2013: transferred to the prison in Lino Lakes

• Projected release date: April 20, 2015

 

3. Pah Ber

• Residence before prison: St. Paul

Pah Ber
Pah Ber

• Age: 50

• Conviction: second-degree murder of Albert Lean Po Lye, first-degree assault of Ber’s wife, Paw Pree, on Nov. 20, 2011 in St. Paul

• Sentence: 30 years, seven months for the murder charge, served concurrently with a nine-year sentence for the assault charge

• Prison history:

Aug. 31, 2012: started his sentence at the state prison in St. Cloud

Oct. 5, 2012: transferred to the prison in Stillwater

• Projected release date: April 7, 2032

 

4. Linda Kae Tuttle-Olson

• Residence before prison: Albert Lea

Linda Tuttle
Linda Tuttle

• Age: 63

• Conviction: wire fraud tied to the theft of $1.3 million from her client’s escrow accounts at Albert Lea Abstract Co.

• Sentence: 3 1/2 years

• Prison history:

Sept. 28, 2011: admitted to federal prison in Alderson, W.Va.

• Projected release date: Oct. 13, 2014

 

5. Michael Zabawa

• Residence before prison: Matawan

Michael S. Zabawa
Michael S. Zabawa

• Age: 31

• Conviction: 12 counts, including two counts of first-degree murder, in the shooting deaths of 40-year-old Tracy Kruger and his 13-year-old son, Alec, during a home invasion Feb. 3, 2007. Wife and mother Hilary Kruger was also seriously wounded.

• Sentence: life sentence without parole

• Prison history:

March 13, 2009: started his sentence at the state prison in St. Cloud

May 26, 2009: transferred to the prison in Oak Park Heights

March 2, 2010: transferred to the prison in Stillwater

• Expiration of sentence: life sentence without parole

 

6. Michael Anthony Prieskorn

• Residence before prison: Ellendale

• Age: 39

• Conviction: conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering tied to an $18 million mortgage fraud scheme.

• Sentence: six years

• Prison history:

June 12: 2012: admitted to federal prison in Pensacola, Fla.

• Projected release date: Aug. 30, 2017

 

7. Jesse Jeff Stewart

• Residence before prison: Albert Lea

Jesse Jeff Stewart
Jesse Jeff Stewart

• Age: 34

• Conviction: receipt of child pornography

• Sentence: seven years, one month

• Prison history:

Sept. 19, 2012: admitted to federal medical center in Rochester

• Projected release date: Nov. 3, 2018

 

8. Chad Jamie Gulbertson

• Residence before prison: Albert Lea

Chad Jamie Gulbertson
Chad Jamie Gulbertson

• Age: 41

• Conviction: first-degree murder while committing domestic abuse, second-degree intentional murder and second-degree murder while violating an order for protection in the death of his ex-girlfriend Jody Lee Morrow on June 21, 2009

• Sentence: life sentence

• Prison history:

April 30, 2010: started his sentence at the state prison in St. Cloud

Oct. 6, 2010: transferred to the prison in Stillwater

• Expiration of sentence: April 29, 2109 (life sentence)

 

9. Paul Gutierrez Jr.

• Residence before prison: Albert Lea

Paul Gutierrez Jr.
Paul Gutierrez Jr.

• Age: 39

• Conviction: first-degree murder by child abuse, first-degree murder by criminal sexual conduct, second-degree murder in the slaying of 18-month-old Makaio Lynn Radke in April 21, 2001.

• Sentence: life sentence without parole

• Prison history:

March 5, 2002: started his sentence at the state prison in St. Cloud

Aug. 15, 2002: transferred to the prison in Oak Park Heights

Aug. 13, 2008: transferred to the prison in Stillwater

Aug. 22, 2010: transferred to the prison in Oak Park Heights

Oct. 13, 2010: transferred to the prison in Stillwater

Nov. 18, 2010: transferred to the prison in Oak Park Heights

• Expiration of sentence: life sentence without parole

 

10. Gary Allen Reichow

• Residence before prison: Alden

• Age: 63

• Conviction: bank robbery, use of a firearm during a crime of violence tied to the Nov. 3, 2003, armed robbery of the Farmers State Bank in Freeborn.

• Sentence: 22 years

• Prison history:

April 22, 2004: admitted to federal prison in Texarkana, Texas.

Feb. 22, 2006: transferred to prison in Sandstone.

May 23, 2012: transferred to prison in Oxford, Wis.

Oct. 17, 2013: transferred to prison in Ashland, Ky.

• Expected release date: Jan. 1, 2023

 

11. Larry Dick Smit

• Residence before prison: Lake Mills

Larry Smit
Larry Smit

• Age: 49

• Conviction: second-degree arson of 102 N. Fourth Ave. W., Lake Mills, on April 7, 2011

• Sentence: 10 years, 11 months and 30 days

• Prison history:

June 22, 2011: admitted at Iowa Medical and Classifications Center in Oakdale, Iowa

Aug. 12, 2011: sent to Clarinda Correctional Facility in Clarinda, Iowa

Feb. 28, 2013: transferred to Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in Fort Dodge, Iowa

• Eligible for parole: April 17, 2014

• Maximum release date: April 16, 2016

 

12. Aaron Dwayne Gunderson

• Residence before prison: Northwood

Aaron Gunderson
Aaron Gunderson

• Age: 34

• Conviction: vehicular homicide in the death of 7-year-old Kadyn Jade Halverson, of rural Kensett on May 10, 2011

• Sentence: 15 years

• Prison history:

Jan. 27, 2012: admitted at Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale, Iowa

March 5, 2012: sent to Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in Fort Dodge, Iowa

• Eligible for parole: Dec. 14, 2018

• Maximum release date: Sept. 22, 2022