- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015
Archdiocese files list of assets, debts in bankruptcy case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is listing its assets and liabilities in detail as part of its latest filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in mid-January, saying it was the best way to fairly compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse while continuing the church’s mission.

In a court filing Friday, the archdiocese lists total assets at more than $45 million, including about $11 million in real property. Liabilities are listed at about $15.9 million.

Pamela Foohey, an associate professor at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, says the figures don’t mean the church has $29 million for victims. She says there are many unknowns. Friday’s court filing is a good starting point, but she says numbers often change as cases progress.

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3rd man charged in alleged plot to overthrow Gambian leader

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Tennessee man was charged Friday in last month’s failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia.

Alagie Barrow, 41, of Lavergne, Tennessee, is the third American of Gambian descent to be charged in U.S. District Court in Minnesota. He’s charged with breaking a law that makes it illegal to take military action against a country with which the U.S. is “at peace.” He’s also charged with one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm to further a crime of violence.

Barrow is in federal custody. His attorney, Joe Friedberg, said he just met his client Friday and had no immediate comment on the charges. Friedberg said a detention hearing will be held next week.

The charges stem from a Dec. 30 coup attempt in the former British colony, which came as longtime President Yahya Jammeh was away.

Two others have been charged. Papa Faal, 46, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to two counts Thursday. Faal admitted that he participated in the attack on Gambia’s State House, where he said he believes many of his co-conspirators died. Another man, Cherno Njie, 57, of Austin, Texas, made his initial court appearance in Baltimore earlier this month and is expected to face charges in Minnesota. Prosecutors say Njie was a financier and would have served as the interim leader of Gambia had the coup succeeded.

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Sheriff: Gun in Hew Hope shootings came from straw buyer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says the gun Raymond Kmetz used to wound two New Hope police officers before other officers killed him was illegally channeled to Kmetz by a straw buyer.

But prosecutors say the suspect was released Friday because they didn’t have sufficient evidence to hold him.

The 68-year-old Kmetz had a history of mental illness and threats against New Hope officials. He was killed Monday night at New Hope City Hall after he opened fire.

Kmetz could not legally buy a gun, but Stanek told reporters Friday night that he bought three online and had a Golden Valley man pick them up for him, including the shotgun he used Monday night.

The county attorney’s office says the evidence so far is insufficient to support felony charges.

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Judge cuts sentence in firebombing that killed 5 children

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has cut the sentence of a man sent to prison for life for the 1994 firebombing of a St. Paul home that killed five children.

Judge Michael Davis reduced the term for Robert James “Duddy” Jefferson to 50 years in response to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring mandatory life sentences for juveniles.

Jefferson was 16 at the time of the firebombing, which authorities say targeted Andre Coppage, whom gang members suspected of cooperating with police. The fire killed five of his siblings, ages 2-11.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (https://bit.ly/1zoayu3https://bit.ly/1zoayu3 ) Davis cited the Supreme Court ruling and Jefferson’s good conduct in prison in cutting his sentence Thursday.

Jefferson, who says he’s innocent, will likely be in his early 60s when he’s eligible for release.


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