United States v. Alfonso Rodriguez Indictment For Kidnapping & Murder of Dru Sjodin

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA
NORTHEASTERN DIVISION

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
 
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ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ, JR.
 
                  Defendants.
 

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INDICTMENT
 
Case No.
 
Violation: 18 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)


KIDNAPPING RESULITNG IN DEATH

                  The Grand Jury Charges:

                  On or about November 22, 2003, in the District of North Dakota, the District of Minnesota, and elsewhere,

ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ, JR.,

knowingly and unlawfully seized, confined, inveigled, decoyed, kidnapped, abducted, carried away, and willfully transported Dru Katrina Sjodin in interstate commerce from the State of North Dakota to the State of Minnesota, and held her for the purpose of sexually assaulting her, and otherwise, resulting in the death of Dru Katrina Sjodin;

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1201(a)(1).

NOTICE OF SPECIAL FINDINGS

The Grand Jury repeats and realleges the accusations of this Indictment.

The defendant, ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ, JR.:

  1. was 18 years of age or older at the time of the offense (18 U.S.C. § 3591(a));
  2. intentionally killed Dru Katrina Sjodin (18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)(A));
  3. intentionally inflicted serious bodily injury that resulted in the death of Dru Katrina Sjodin (18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)(B));
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    1. intentionally participated in one or more acts, contemplating that the life of a person would be taken or intending that lethal force would be used in connection with a person, other than a participant in the offense, and Dru Katrina Sjodin died as a direct result of such act or acts (18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)(C));
    2. intentionally and specifically engaged in one or more acts of violence, knowing that the act or acts created a grave risk of death to a person, other than a participant in the offense, such that participation in such act or acts constituted a reckless disregard for human life, and Dru Katrina Sjodin died as a direct result of such act or acts (18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)(D));
    3. caused the death of Dru Katrina Sjodin during the commission of a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1201 (kidnapping) (18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(1));
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    1. has previously been convicted of two or more federal or state offenses punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than one year, committed on different occasions, involving the infliction of, and attempted infliction of, serious bodily injury or death upon another person, to wit:
      1. On April 3, 1975, Aggravated Rape, Polk County, Minnesota, District Court, Case No. 5447;
      2. On April 3, 1975, Attempted Aggravated Rape, Polk County, Minnesota, District Court, Case No. 5438; and
      3. On June 24, 1980, Attempted Kidnapping and Assault in the 1st Degree, Polk County, Minnesota, District Court, Case No. 6192.

      (18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(4));

    1. killed Dru Katrina Sjodin in an especially heinous, cruel, and depraved manner, in that it involved torture and serious physical abuse to Dru Katrina Sjodin (18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(6)); and
    2. killed Dru Katrina Sjodin after substantial planning and premeditation to cause the death of Dru Katrina Sjodin (18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(9)).

    A TRUE BILL


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    FOREPERSON

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    DREW H. WRIGLEY
    United States Attorney


    Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice