Offender gets prison for failing his requirements

Published 10:44 am Friday, August 2, 2013

A Pine River man was sentenced to 31 months in prison Thursday for violating his registration requirements as a predatory offender.

Jason Alan Beckstrand, 28, was arrested in April after Albert Lea police received a report of a woman who was being harassed by a man at the Albert Lea Public Library, according to Freeborn County District Court documents. Beckstrand was found to have had multiple warrants out for him in other counties.

Jason Beckstrand

Jason Beckstrand

Police later found Beckstrand did not register his primary address and his occasional employment as a predatory offender.

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Under state law, offenders are required to register several pieces of information with the Minnesota Bureau 0f Criminal Apprehension, including where they live, where they work, what they drive and if they own property, among other requirements. Knowingly violating these requirements results in a new felony charge.

Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson said Beckstrand’s lengthy criminal history was the basis for his sentence.

Nelson said Beckstrand has been convicted of multiple residential burglaries and has violated his registration before.

Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab gave Beckstrand credit for 102 days already spent in the Freeborn County jail.