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Rindahl going to prison

Judge Thomas Bibus, in front of a full courtroom Friday morning in Goodhue County District Court, sentenced David Michael Rindahl Jr. to the maximum allowable 57 months prison time after a jury found Rindahl guilty in April of felony malicious punishment of a child.

“You show no remorse,” Bibus told a motionless Rindahl, adding Rindahl has remained manipulative and evasive throughout the proceedings as he continued to try and place blame for his actions on others.

Rindahl was charged with five felonies, four of which were dismissed, after an incident dating back to October 2012 when his 4-month-old daughter Kyra suffered a traumatic brain injury while in his care.

“This was a result of your criminal actions,” Bibus said of Kyra’s injury and its subsequent impact on her and her family. “Your malicious punishment of this child must be punished.”

When given the opportunity to speak before Bibus read and explained his sentencing decision, Rindahl apologized and said he was unable.

Victim statements were given by Kyra’s grandparents Eugene and Ann-Marie Kuyath and Rindahl’s ex-wife and Kyra’s mother, Kelsie Kuyath.

Fighting back tears, each spoke to the challenges of daily life since the last days of October 2012 and the uncertainty that lies ahead.

Kelsie Kuyath said Kyra continues to suffer seizures, the most recent being in June. The moth also said the emotional trauma for both her daughters is just beginning, along with everything she has dealt with over the last two years.

“I have suffered from depression and still suffer from anxiety because David almost killed my daughter,” she said.

Defense attorney Timothy Dillon asked Bibus to consider the life Rindahl led prior to telling police he shook his daughter, a life Dillon described as good and honorable, adding that Rindahl was a successful and loving father.

Dillon said everything in Rindahl’s life has been taken from him and he’s “totally destroyed.” Rindahl, Dillon said he believed, will make a comeback in life regardless of the current circumstances.

“Sometime down the road David is going to be a good parent,” Dillon said.

The maximum sentence for felony malicious punishment of a child – great bodily harm is 10 years in prison and a $20,000, but given the state sentencing guidelines 57 months was the maximum Bibus could give Rindahl. The Red Wing man had no prior convictions.

First- and third-degree assault charges were dismissed along with two lesser counts of malicious punishment of a child.

Rindahl received credit for 162 days served and was committed to Minnesota Correctional Facility–St. Cloud for the remainder of his sentence.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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