Scheib sentenced to 90 months in prison

Published 10:06 am Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Schwab said Scheib will be committed to the Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections and will be required to serve at least two-thirds of the sentence, with the other one-third of the sentence spent on supervised release if he does not have any offenses in prison.

Richard Scheib

Scheib was also sentenced to an additional 10 years of conditional release for the criminal sexual conduct charge and will be required to register as a sex offender.

He declined to speak when Schwab gave him the opportunity prior to the sentencing.

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The sentence came Monday after Scheib entered a plea agreement in June.

At that time he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 16 involving multiple acts. Court documents state the plea was classified as an Alford plea, in which a defendant maintains his innocence but enters the plea because he knows there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.

He originally faced two counts of first-degree sexual conduct with sexual penetration, involving two girls, who were ages 11 and 9 at the time. He also faced two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second-degree, one count for each of the two girls involved.

At the time of the plea agreement, Scheib also pleaded guilty to one charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle stemming from an incident on April 26.

Scheib led police officers on a three-mile chase from the Freeborn County Courthouse to South Margaretha Avenue. The chase ended when he struck a fire hydrant on South Margaretha Avenue and then ran by foot from police for a short time before being apprehended.

He was sentenced to 12 months and one day specifically for this charge, but that will run concurrently with the criminal sexual conduct charge.

In his third file, regarding a violation of a restraining order, Scheib was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which were already achieved through time served.

Schwab said he reserved the issue of restitution for a later date.