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Rindahl found guilty of malicious punishment

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Sobs rang out across the courtroom as David Michael Rindahl Jr. was taken into custody Tuesday night after being found guilty on three felony malicious punishment of a child charges, which carry a maximum sentence of 10 years jail time and a $20,000 fine.

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After four days of hearing witness testimony, along with a two-hour taped interview Rindahl gave to Red Wing police, the jury returned its verdict in less than five hours. The jury found Rindahl not guilty on first- and third-degree assault charges.

Judge Thomas Bibus ordered Rindahl held without bail until his sentencing June 20.

An initial sigh of relief rose from those in support of Rindahl when the non-guilty verdict was read for the first-degree assault charge, but was quickly overshadowed with the guilty verdict following seconds later. The third-degree assault verdict, the last to be read, didn’t bring much reaction from either side.

Prosecutor Erin Kuester said she was pleased with the jury’s decision.

“I think justice has been served for Kyra,” she said.

Rindahl was accused of shaking his infant and causing a brain injury in October 2012.

Kuester said she believed it was a fair trial and she was very grateful to the jurors for all their hard work. She added it can be difficult to listen to testimony in these types of cases.

In her closing argument, Kuester said she believed the state had met its burden of proving Rindahl’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Defense attorney Timothy Dillon told jurors in his closing statement that proving something beyond a reasonable doubt is “a pretty high standard” and asked that a decision be made based on the evidence presented during the trial and not on Kyra’s condition.

Rindahl’s sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday June 20.

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