John William Litzau, 44, of rural Frazee has been found guilty by a jury in Becker County District Court of felony first-degree and second-degree criminal sexual conduct, victim under the age of 13.
According to court records, on July 24, 2018, Litzau molested a girl under the age of 7. The girl told her grandmother about it two days later, and she reported it to police. Witnesses said Litzau had taken the girl for a car ride with him and was alone with her on that day, according to the criminal complaint.
A jury issued its verdict on Dec. 13. Sentencing is set for Jan. 22 before District Judge Jay Carlson.
Two charged in Cormorant Pub burglary
Brady Allen Swanson, 32, of Moorhead and Thomas Edward Formuth, 35, of Perham have been charged with burglarizing the Cormorant Pub.
Both face felony second-degree burglary charges in Becker County District Court.
According to court records, shortly after 3 a.m. on Dec. 11, law enforcement officers responded to a tripped motion alarm at the Cormorant Pub. They found a cut screen and a broken window, and another officer pulled over a vehicle near the scene: Swanson was the driver and Formuth was a passenger.
Fresh shoe prints at the scene matched shoes worn by Formuth, according to court records. Both were arrested and taken to jail. A search of the vehicle turned up glass fragments and a pry bar that had fresh marks and glass embedded in its handle. Two bolt cutters were also found in the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
Both men appeared in court Dec. 13 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who set cash bail for Swanson at $500 or bond at $15,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $30,000 with no conditions.
She set cash bail for Formuth at $2,000 or bond at $20,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $40,000 with no conditions.
Ponsford man sent to prison for burglary
Delarey Allen Basswood, 24, of rural Ponsford, will serve nearly two years in prison for a 2016 burglary, after his stay of sentence was revoked following probation violations in 2018 and 2019.
On Dec. 23 District Judge Gretchen Thilmony ordered him to serve 23 months in prison at St. Cloud, with credit for 203 days served in jail, and ordered him to pay $1,160 in court fees and $8,348 in restitution.
Basswood was originally sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree burglary.
According to court records, on Aug. 28, 2016, a Becker County resident reported that his home had been burglarized while he was gone sometime over the past two days. A window was broken to gain entry. Taken were several TV sets, a safe and several guns.
That same evening, a car was pulled over in Becker County for failing to stop at a stop sign, and a rifle was found on the floor in the back. It was found to have been taken in the burglary, and Basswood admitted to the burglary, according to the criminal complaint.