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September 21, 2019

8/29/2019 1:58:00 PM
Zemlin sentencing delayed; guilty plea in Sunrise Twsp. shooting incident

Robert Bruce Zemlin, 48, was scheduled to be sentenced Monday this week but sentencing has been delayed.

A psychosexual assessment ordered by the court after Zemlin entered his guilty plea in June, has arrived late. Zemlin’s attorney Steve Wolter on Monday requested sentencing be continued.  The pre-sentence investigative report that the judge relies on for imposing sentence, would have been rushed or incomplete with very little time to review, the attorney argued.

Zemlin entered a guilty plea June 24 to felony possession of Internet child pornography.

His residence in Lindstrom was searched after state child porn investigators linked his computer address to an Internet investigation based in Minneapolis.  

The defendant is a former Taylors Falls Elementary teacher and had been employed at Forest Lake Schools prior to that.  Chisago Lakes Superintendent Dean Jennissen was not able to comment on Zemlin’s departure from the district in 2018.

In other cases:
The 19-year-old central Minnesota woman involved in an alleged robbery- home invasion-shooting at a Sunrise Township house has pled guilty to aiding and abetting robbery.  

Shaena Alberts of St. Joseph, MN is scheduled for sentencing October 2.

Three other males allegedly involved in the early morning incident May 16 have been charged. The 22-year-old homeowner was transported to Lakes Region EMS helicopter landing zone,  in North Branch and airlifted to the hospital with gunshot wounds in the torso and back.  

The suspects allegedly collected large amount of cash and some marijuana.

Nicholas James, 19, was being held on atempted first degree murder and aggravated robbery charges at last check. He has an omnibus hearing set for Sept. 30. 

Two other males, 17 and 16 years old, are in the adult certification legal process now.  They both face felony similar charges of first degree aggravated robbery and attempting to commit first degree murder.  If they are ordered to be tried as adults their names become public information.

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