7/5/2019 1:22:00 PM Walker sentenced to
Sentencing for Lora Walker, a former Chisago County Commissioner, was held in Stillwater June 26 before District Judge John Hoffman.
As part of the plea agreement for felony criminal vehicular operation in a grossly negligent manner-- Walker, 50, will not be jailed. She is on electronic home monitoring for 90 days. She is prohibited from driving. Ten years of supervised probation was imposed. She must cooperate with random searches of her residence, workplace and remain law abiding.
Walker was charged after driving her Equinox north in the southbound lane of I-35 on March 11, 2017 after getting onto the freeway in North Branch using the wrong ramp. She traveled seven miles before colliding head-on with a Ford Fusion and killing the lone occupant, a 63-year old man from Wisconsin.
Walker’s attorney negotiated a plea agreement with prosecutors from Mille Lacs County, who filed the criminal vehicular homicide charges and took the lead on prosecution. The Chisago County Attorney had asked Mille Lacs to accept the case to avoid any conflict of interest because Walker was a Chisago County Commissioner in 2017.
Judge Hoffman has been overseeing the case with hearings in his courtroom in Stillwater.
Walker participated in local County Board sessions remotely via the Internet after a lengthy absence, due to serious injuries she sustained. She needed to be extricated and was airlifted. Medics on the scene reported in the statement of probable cause that her blood sugar was low requiring an injection and glucose tablet to recover.
She suffers from hypoglycemic unawareness and Type 1 diabetes, according to records made public in the file. She must also participate in diabetes management programs and continue to get professional healthcare assistance as part of her sentence.