- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014
Minnesota woman sentenced in landlord killing

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A Duluth woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the fatal stabbing of her former landlord.

Thirty-two-year-old Joella Lee Tucker pleaded guilty in March to aiding and abetting second-degree murder. She had been charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.

Tucker was sentenced Thursday to 10 years and 10 months in prison, as recommended by Minnesota sentencing guidelines. As part of the plea agreement, the defense was allowed to argue for a shorter sentence.

Tucker was charged in the death of Duluth landlord Kevin Tyman, who was stabbed in his apartment in December 2012 and later died.

Tucker’s co-defendant, 42-year-old Raymond Weeks, was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison for stabbing Tyman to death. Authorities alleged Tucker persuaded Weeks to kill Tyman.


U of Minnesota alerts patients of infection risk

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The University of Minnesota says 300 people at a St. Paul apartment may have been exposed to infectious diseases due to misuse of blood monitoring equipment at screening events.

The university said Thursday volunteers were reusing finger-prick devices on multiple patients that were designed for repeated use only by the same patient.

University medical students and others have conducted blood-sugar screening at the Skyline high-rise apartment since 2010 as part of the SHARE outreach program. The program provides basic health services to immigrant and low-income residents there.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1lVkWjvhttp://strib.mn/1lVkWjv ) reports the university wants to test current and former residents for infectious diseases that could have been transmitted by the reused devices.

Blood sugar testing at the apartment complex has been suspended. Volunteers will be trained in proper procedures.


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