Pierz man convicted for nonsupport of three children

Carl Leon Kuehne, 43, Pierz, was convicted Dec. 26, 2012, in Morrison County District Court of three felony counts of nonsupport of a spouse or child in excess of 180 days.

On Oct. 26, 1993, an order was issued from Morrison County Courts establishing child support and ordering Kuehne to make monthly support payments of $151.36. Those payments were increased due to cost of living adjustments and were $269 per month as of May 1, 2010.

In 1997, 2006, twice in 2007 and twice in 2009,

Kuehne was found to be in contempt of court for failing to make those payments. As of March 1, 2012, he was in current arrears of $5,729 and owed a total amount of $68,347 for that case.

On May 20, 1996, an order was signed establishing paternity and requiring Kuehne to make monthly child support payments of $89 per month for child support and also medical support of another child. With cost of living adjustments the payments were $181 per month.

He was found in contempt of court in 2006 and twice in 2009 for that case and as of April 1, 2012, Kuehne owed $3,992.

On Nov. 22, 2006, Kuehne was ordered to pay $112 per month in child support for a third child. He was found in contempt of court twice in 2007 and in 2009 for failing to make those payments and was in arrears $2,318 for the period between Feb. 1, 2010 and March 1, 2012. The total balance for that case as of March 1, 2012 was $13,646.

Kuehne was sentenced to prison for 13 months, stayed for two years and was confined in jail 210 days for the first case. He was fined $135, ordered to pay restitution of $5,729 and was given two years of supervised probation.

For the second case,

Kuehne was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, stayed for two years, and 210 days in local confinement, served concurrently with the first case. He was fined $135, ordered to pay restitution of $3,992 and given two years of supervised probation.

For the third incident, Kuehne was sentenced to 13 months in prison, stayed for two years, and 210 days in jail, served concurrently with the other two cases. He was fined $135, ordered to pay restitution of $2,318 and was given two years of supervised probation.

Assistant County Attorney Michel Chisum said three counts of nonsupport of a spouse or child in excess of 180 days were dismissed against Kuehne because he plead guilty to the three other felony counts and would serve a substantial time in jail.

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