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Ely’s Lakner sentenced in Fall Lake sexual assault

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 7/11/19

TWO HARBORS—Lake County Judge Mike Cuzzo sentenced Ely-area resident Barney Lakner to three years of probation in the county courthouse here on June 28, after the 49-year-old pled guilty to …

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Ely’s Lakner sentenced in Fall Lake sexual assault

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TWO HARBORS—Lake County Judge Mike Cuzzo sentenced Ely-area resident Barney Lakner to three years of probation in the county courthouse here on June 28, after the 49-year-old pled guilty to sexually assaulting a woman at his Fall Lake cabin in 2017. That’s according to the Duluth News-Tribune.

Judge Cuzzo stayed a one-year prison sentence for Lakner pending the successful completion of his probation. Lakner will be required to pay a $900 fine for his actions.

Lakner, no stranger to a criminal courtroom, has faced charges in several cases in recent years, including as the ringleader of the notorious Ely Six, a group of local young men who terrorized campers in the Boundary Waters in a drunken spree in 2007. Lakner served three years in prison after conviction on a laundry list of charges stemming from that incident. In 2015, Lakner led authorities on a high-speed snowmobile chase through the Boundary Waters. A Lake County court sentenced Lakner to 180 days in jail and three years of probation on that charge.

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