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Majerle sentenced for shooting

A Cloquet woman was finally sentenced for shooting her estranged husband -- nearly two years after she pleaded guilty. Marie Margaret Majerle, 38, was sentenced March 26 to 117 months (9 3/4 years) in prison, a term she agreed to when she pleaded...

 

A Cloquet woman was finally sentenced for shooting her estranged husband - nearly two years after she pleaded guilty.

Marie Margaret Majerle, 38, was sentenced March 26 to 117 months (9¾ years) in prison, a term she agreed to when she pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in June 2013. She was given credit for 810 days already served, and ordered to pay restitution of $479. She will likely serve two-thirds of that sentence in prison and the final third on supervised release.

Majerle admitted to shooting her then-estranged husband, Richard Majerle, as he sat in a sauna at his home in Cloquet on Jan. 6, 2013. Authorities alleged that she conspired with her ex-husband, John Edwin Bemis III, in an attempt to seriously injure or kill the 38-year-old man.

Under the terms of her plea agreement, Majerle was required to cooperate in the prosecution of Bemis - a deal prosecutors said she upheld. Nonetheless, a jury acquitted Bemis of all charges last month.

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Due to the of the terms of the agreement, the court held off on Majerle’s sentencing until Bemis’ case was resolved. However, she immediately began serving time at a Shakopee, Minn., prison.

Assistant Carlton County Attorney Jeffrey Boucher said Marie Majerle spoke about her depression at the sentencing, and the judge encouraged her to make the best use of her time in prison and take advantage of any programming there, noting that she will still be young when she is released. Marie Majerle has three daughters, who are in the custody of their fathers.

 

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