St. Paul man convicted of one count of harassment

On Oct. 21, in the Seventh Judicial District Court of Morrison County, Walter Lee Hale, 28, St. Paul, was convicted of one felony count of harassment, violating a restraining order within 10 years of a previous domestic violence conviction.

Because of previous physical abuse, a victim received a harassment restraining order against Hale in January.

In April, the victim provided the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office with copies of three threatening emails Hale had sent her.

In addition to the emails, Hale posted several tweets on his Twitter account directed at the victim and her child.

Hale’s criminal record revealed three prior convictions for qualified domestic violence-related offenses in 2009 and 2011.

Hale was sentenced to 21 months in the correctional facility in St. Cloud, stayed for five years and 90 days in jail with credit for the 71 days already served. He was fined $135 and given supervised probation for 21 months.

Dismissed against Hale were three felony counts of harassment – violating a restraining order. Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich said that since Hale pleaded guilty to one count of harassment, the other charges were dismissed.