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xx Katie Poirier - Katie's Law - MN
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Court TV's Forensic Files Segment : "Tooth or Consequences" - The Disappearance of Katie Poirier

The investigation of the disappearance of a young woman leads police to a suspect who has a history of sexual assault, rape, and kidnapping. But police could not find the victim's body, making it more difficult to connect their suspect to the crime. Finally, police discover the remains of a charred tooth. Superimposed images and an analysis of the elements of a dental filling give investigators the proof they need to bring the perpetrator to justice

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xx Blom Confesses to Killing Katie Poirier
« Reply #1 on: Sep 12th, 2004, 12:41pm »

What exactly prompted Donald Blom to confess to the kidnapping and killing of Katie Poirier is unclear. But after more than two months in prison, Blom gave a statement to authorities yesterday in which he confessed he kidnapped Poirier and said the human remains found on his property are hers. Blom's attorneys discouraged him from making the plea agreement, since he'll still likely face life in prison without parole. But Blom said he wants to get the matter behind him.

Nineteen-year-old Katie Poirier's disappearance prompted a massive search effort, with volunteers coming from around the state to comb the woods near the Conoco station where she'd been abducted.

AFTER WEEKS of apparently not cooperating with investigators, Donald Blom signaled his willingness to discuss a plea agreement during an interview with a Twin Cities TV station Friday. On Tuesday, a deal was reached, and Blom spent the day calling relatives before formally confessing to killing Katie Poirier.

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xx Articles on Katie Poirier
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Memorial for Katie Poirier
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A Mother's Agony:
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Arrest in Poirier Disappearance:
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Donald Blom Gets Life Without Parole
http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/17_newsroom_blom/

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xx Poirier Killer Asks for Courts Reconsideration
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July 14, 2004

ST. PAUL (AP) - Less than two weeks after he was denied a new trial, Donald Blom asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that upheld his conviction in the murder of convenience store clerk Katie Poirier.

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July 23, 2004

ST. PAUL (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected Donald Blom's long-shot request for a rehearing of his appeal

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xx Crimes and effects
« Reply #5 on: Nov 22nd, 2004, 06:42am »

Crimes and effects

Notorious crimes have inspired legislative steps to toughen Minnesota's criminal sanctions.

1988: Mary Foley and Carrie Coonrod are raped and killed in Minneapolis parking ramps by recently released repeat rapists David Anthony Thomas and Thomas Schwartz.

1989: Legislature more than doubles prison terms for rape and increases the minimum time to be served on a life sentence from 17 years to 30 years.

Aug. 31, 1994: Legislature in special session unanimously broadens civil commitment law to include repeat rapists like Dennis Linehan, who was about to be released. Civil commitments increase dramatically in years that follow.

1996: State passes first program to notify residents when released high-risk sex offenders move into a neighborhood. Patty Wetterling, whose son Jacob was abducted in 1989 and never found, helps organize a statewide coalition on community notification.

1999: Katie Poirier abducted from a Moose Lake convenience store and killed by released sex offender Donald Blom.

2000: Legislature again doubles prison terms for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, to a minimum of 12 years.

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« Reply #6 on: Dec 6th, 2004, 10:36am »

ST. PAUL - The e-mail sent to two Minnesota legislators last week was brief but spoke volumes.

"I was married to Donald Blom, a six-time sex offender who was released from prison and killed Katie Poirier," the e-mail from Amy Blom begins. "After years of physical and mental abuse, I couldn't help at the time. I would like to help now, for those that are still afraid to speak."

For eight years, Amy Blom, 39, says she endured black eyes, punches, bruises and constant verbal put-downs at the hands of her ex-husband, one of the most reviled criminals in recent memory.

Now, the woman who stood by and lied for a 55-year-old convicted sex predator and killer is slowly but finally emerging from the shadows of the "guilt, shame and depression" she says she feels surrounding the Poirier case.

"I have looked back so many times and know in my state of mind and the control he had over me I would not have been capable of doing different," Blom said last week as she sat in the kitchen of her immaculately clean Richfield, Minn., home.

"I have never spoken to the Poirier family or know if they would ever want to hear from me, but I would like to ask for forgiveness," added Blom, who has been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and battered woman's syndrome. "I don't want to make the situation worse, as much pain as they are in."

On the night of May 26, 1999, a grainy surveillance video caught a man resembling Blom, whose legal name is Donald Michael Pince, with his hands to the back of Poirier's neck, leading her out of the Moose Lake-area convenience store where she worked.

She was never seen alive again. Human bone fragments and a tooth identified as Poirier's were found in a fire pit on Donald Blom's nearby vacation property. Blom, with a string of abductions and sexual assaults of young females in his past, confessed he abducted, strangled and burned his victim's body. But he later recanted and went to trial.

He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. For safety reasons, he was moved out of Minnesota and is serving time in Waynesburg, Pa. He could not be reached for comment last week.

Earlier this year, concerned her husband could win an appeal to overturn the conviction, Amy Blom contacted authorities and admitted that Donald Blom was not home the night of Poirier's abduction. The appeal ultimately failed.

"I don't believe that I could have prevented" Poirier's murder, said Blom, who was not aware of her husband's criminal history or previous marriages until his arrest in the case. "I was so under his power, in fear of him, but at the same time connected to him. When they accused him, it was like they were accusing me and my children. I know now that I was in many ways his hostage, paralyzed to speak up."

COUNSELOR'S VIEW

Susan Neis, executive director of Cornerstone, a domestic-violence program in Bloomington, Minn., where Blom and some of her children have sought counseling, says her experiences are common among victims of spousal abuse.

"There is no more horrific pain I can imagine than someone losing their daughter like that," Neis said of Poirier's parents. "But I think what the public doesn't realize in Amy Blom's case is that she and her children were also victims of this man."

Blom, a former nursing home assistant, met Pince, a maintenance worker, in 1992, and they married a year later. Amy Blom's two sons from a previous marriage -- then 6 and 1 -- considered their mother's husband as their father. The marriage also produced two daughters, now 10 and 11.

Blom thought it strange but flattering that her husband took her last name, unaware he had done the same twice before with ex-wives she did not know about. Authorities believe he did that to conceal his criminal record from employers, cops and others.

Donald Blom's demeanor toward his wife changed drastically six months into the marriage, she said. Angry disputes turned physical.

"He is bipolar, and there were two sides to him," Amy Blom said. "He would be happy, a jokester fixing stuff around the house, and he was a great cook. He would make these great five- or six-course dinners. But then something would happen, something would trigger in him, and then I knew the change was coming."

SONS' TRAUMA

His two sons witnessed some of the assaults.

"He yelled at her constantly," recalled Chris Blom, now 19 and a laborer working to complete his high school GED. "I saw him hit her. She would have black eyes and stuff."

Blom's other son, now 14, also has been treated for post-traumatic stress oppositional defiant disorders and has been in and out of heath-care facilities for three years, his mother said.

Amy Blom said she felt like a hostage, wanting to make her husband happy and not do anything that would provoke an episode.

The disbelief over the arrest, the taunts endured by her sons at school, and a relentless media that camped outside the home for weeks drove her to become more supportive and protective of her husband and family.

"He said he didn't do it, and it felt like when they accused him, they were accusing me also," she recalled.

She clung desperately to believe her husband's proclamation of innocence. But deep down, she had doubts.

Amy Blom, who obtained a divorce two years ago and no longer corresponds with her ex-husband, says she's not looking for pity or empathy or absolution.

She just wants predators like her husband put away and kept there. She wants her children to be proud of one of their parents, to one day be able to shed the cloak of stigma and shame draped on them by their father's crimes.

"They are suffering also," she said. "I have a hard time forgiving myself for what happened. I don't know if I ever will, but I need to come forward because there are people right now living in the same situation I was in."
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xx MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE: Sex offenders, meth users
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota may look back to an earlier era - when a parole board decided when criminals could leave prison - in an attempt to prevent sex crimes by repeat offenders.

The state hasn't had a parole board since 1982, two years after Minnesota turned to sentencing guidelines intended to make sure people who committed similar crimes got similar punishment.

Those guidelines helped shape national policy. But now, two separate panels are recommending longer prison terms for sex offenders and open-ended sentencing, controlled by a release board, for at least the most heinous sex crimes.

Cracking down on sex offenders and fast-multiplying methamphetamine crimes are the top public safety priorities for the legislative session that begins Jan. 4. Lawmakers failed to toughen sex offender laws last session, despite agreement among the House, Senate and Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Just a few years after the Legislature increased penalties for sex crimes in the wake of Katie Poirier's murder by repeat offender Donald Blom in 1999, the abduction and murder of UND student Dru Sjodin in 2003 prompted proposals for more changes. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., a convicted sex offender released after serving a 23-year sentence, is charged in Sjodin's kidnapping and death. He'll stand trial in 2006.
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xx Katie's Story on CTV Jan. 4, 2005
« Reply #8 on: Dec 29th, 2004, 06:21am »

Court TV's Forensic Files will air the segement regarding the disappearance and murder of Katie Poirier on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 beginning @ 8 p.m. EST.


The investigation of the disappearance of a young woman leads police to a suspect who has a history of sexual assault, rape, and kidnapping. But police could not find the victim's body, making it more difficult to connect their suspect to the crime. Finally, police discover the remains of a charred tooth. Superimposed images and an analysis of the elements of a dental filling give investigators the proof they need to bring the perpetrator to justice.
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Amy Blom: After years of "guilt, shame and depression," the mother of three broke her silence and exposed years of abuse and torment at the hands of her now ex-husband, one of the state's most reviled criminals.

Donald Blom is serving life for the 1999 abduction and murder of Katie Poirier, a 19-year-old Moose Lake convenience-store worker.

"I have a hard time forgiving myself for what happened. I don't know if I ever will, but I need to come forward because there are people right now living in the same situation I was in," said Amy Blom, who reached out to legislators and offered her help in strengthening laws against sexual predators like her former husband, a six-time convicted felon.

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« Reply #10 on: Jan 10th, 2005, 10:06am »

The Startribune has a number of articles on Katie in their archives, which can be obtained by a credit card or possibly writing a very conciderate and thoughtful letter to the author or editor.
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Letters from readers
Published on June 23, 1999

Criminal history

Regarding this week's news that a man is being held in connection with the disappearance of Katie Poirier: Why is there such a thing as someone with "six previous sexual assault convictions"?
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News of Katie
Published on June 23, 1999

News reports, even grisly ones, were nothing new to the little girl. Her mother is a journalist, and they had watched television news together since she was a toddler.

Still, Monday's news congealed in the girl's stomach. The TV reporter described in spare but precise detail the death of Cally Jo Larson, the Waseca girl whose blond hair was so much like her own. The scene changed to the distraught parents and friends of Katie Poirier, scouring the woods, plainly no
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Letters from readers
Published on July 7, 1999

BCA agents deserve thanks

The past year has been rough and heartbreaking for the children of Minnesota. With the abduction and murder of Julie Holmquist from Hallock, the murders of Kenny Kramer and Cally Jo Larson and the recent abduction of Katie Poirier, those of us who work for the welfare and safety of children have been alarmed and distraught.

However, it is the law enforcement officers from around the state, particularly the agents from the Minnesota Bureau of
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Letters from readers
Published on September 10, 1999

Blom's offenses

The Sept. 9 Star Tribune reports that Donald Blom has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for aggravated assault, kidnapping, rape and attempted sexual assault. In addition, your paper reports: "Between his March 1989 supervised release and final discharge on March 14, 1992, Blom was in and out of custody for violating probation conditions, which included not completing sex-offender treatment programs."
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 10th, 2005, 10:16am »

More article fragments from the Star. The perpetrator in Katie's abduction and murder as in the case of Dru Sjodin was around 50 years old. Katie's cruel fate should have been a warning to those psychologists who released Dru Sjodin's abductor and murderer, assuming he was too old to strike again.
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Poirier case spurs legislative proposals to prevent such crimes
Published on December 21, 1999
By Dane Smith; Staff Writer

The Katie Poirier Abduction Task Force - a bipartisan group made up of legislators, relatives of crime victims and law enforcement officials - is scheduled today to release the first of five proposals aimed at preventing crimes like Poirier's abduction.

The first proposal is to integrate criminal justice communication so that more information on crimes and criminals is available to the hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state, said Peter Wagenius, a member of the
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Attorneys in Blom case argue again about using confession
Published on December 21, 1999
By Larry Oakes; Staff Writer

In documents filed Monday, attorneys again argued about whether Donald Blom's confession to killing Kathlyn (Katie) Poirier should be admitted as evidence in his trial.

Blom admitted in September to kidnapping Poirier from a Moose Lake convenience store and killing her, but he then recanted, withdrew from a plea bargain and demanded a trial. Poirier was abducted May 26.

District Judge Gary Pagliaccetti heard oral arguments Dec. 10 on the confession's
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Grieving mothers urge state to link crime data
Published on December 22, 1999
By James Walsh; Staff Writer

Three mothers, united by loss and grief over crimes against their children, on Tuesday urged Minnesotans to support a proposal that would link law enforcement computers to track criminals better.

Pam Poirier, Connie Larson and Patty Wetterling all said that better information on criminals might have helped investigators quickly target possible suspects in the cases involving their children. Cally Jo Larson was killed; Katie Poirier and Jacob Wetterling were abducted.
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Anticrime plan inspired by Poirier case finds support
Published on January 29, 2000
By Conrad deFiebre; Staff Writer

With parents of five young victims looking on, a bipartisan group of legislators on Friday proposed a series of crime-fighting initiatives inspired by the abduction of Katie Poirier.

The plan includes tighter registration requirements for sex offenders and $1.4 million to help the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension track them. It also calls for $1 million in early-childhood crime prevention and $250,000 to ease the burden of major crimes on local governments.
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Blom's pickup `thoroughly cleaned,' document says
Published on February 1, 2000
By Larry Oakes; Staff Writer

Forensic scientists found evidence that the interior passenger side of Donald Blom's pickup truck was "very thoroughly" cleaned before his arrest in the abduction of Kathlyn (Katie) Poirier, according to a document filed Monday.

The disclosure came in a search warrant affidavit that prosecutor Thomas Pertler filed with several others Monday in Carlton County District Court.

The search warrant allowed police in June to go back to Blom's house in
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Witness says she saw Blom before abduction
Published on February 2, 2000
By Larry Oakes; Staff Writer

A Twin Cities-area woman recently told investigators that she saw accused killer Donald Blom standing within feet of Kathlyn (Katie) Poirier in a Moose Lake convenience store on the night she was abducted, according to a document filed Tuesday.

Faith Sylvia Harri, 55, called police in late December and said she bought M&Ms from Poirier at DJ's Expressway Conoco late on the night of May 26 and had to walk around Blom to get out the door. She said she remembered the
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Poirier panel asks for Ventura's help
Published on February 20, 2000
By Susan Feyder; Staff Writer

A bipartisan group of legislators joined relatives of crime victims and law-enforcement officials Saturday to present the final five proposals to prevent crimes like Katie Poirier's abduction - focusing on security at convenience stores - and took aim at Gov. Jesse Ventura for failing to back their initiatives more actively.

At a news conference at the Sturgeon Lake One Stop, a store outside Sturgeon Lake, the Katie Poirier Abduction Task Force announced details of a bill
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Authorities believe they found bits of the charred remains of Poirier, 19, on the rural Moose Lake property of Donald Blom, who will stand trial in April on charges that he kidnapped and killed her. Scientists were unable to extract DNA from the

Panel softens Poirier bill's effect on convenience stores
Published on March 2, 2000
By Conrad deFiebre; Staff Writer

Legislation to boost security measures at Minnesota convenience stores was scaled back sharply in a Senate committee Wednesday, angering those who rallied to avert such crimes as the abduction of Katie Poirier.
"This bill does nothing now," said Poirier's uncle, Len Simich, after the Commerce Committee removed requirements for minimum store staffing, surveillance cameras and bullet-resistant enclosures for clerks. "The store where Katie was taken doesn't
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House passes `Katie's Law' 134-0 as Poiriers watch
Published on March 17, 2000
By Conrad deFiebre; Staff Writer

With the parents and grandfather of Katie Poirier watching from front-row seats on the House floor, the House voted unanimously Thursday for a wide-ranging anticrime bill prompted by last year's abduction of the 19-year-old Moose Lake store clerk.

"This bill is for you, Katie," chief sponsor Sherry Broecker, R-Vadnais Heights, said just before the 134-0 vote.

The bipartisan $16.3 million measure would tighten the state's system of tracking convicted
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'Katie's Law' compromise hits a snag
Published on March 21, 2000
By Conrad deFiebre; Staff Writer

A House-Senate compromise on criminal justice measures prompted by the abduction of Katie Poirier was derailed Monday as the Senate tacked on a Republican amendment to triple prison terms for rapists.
DFL Senate leaders and Republicans who control the House had sought early legislative agreement on an $18.3 million plan they call "Katie's Law" in hopes of exerting pressure on Gov. Jesse Ventura to approve its
funding. He has not agreed to put up any money for
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Anyone who can access these beautiful articles about Katie in their entirity from the Startribune deserves a big virtual hug from all of us. the first article is 1778 words long.
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Katie's friends search for silver lining
Published on May 26, 2000
By Larry Oakes; Staff Writer

It's a small garden, new this spring, on the hilly shore of a lake that many times echoed with her laughter. Flowers are taking root - pink and yellow and violet splashes of color. A small white statue of an angel watches from one end.

"Katie loved violets," Pam Poirier said as she smoothed the bark covering the earth between the flowers. "She loved it here at home, by the lake."

"I sit here," she said, "and my mind drifts away
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Community unites in peace for Katie ( 1024 words )
Published on September 19, 1999
By Robert Franklin; Staff Writer

More than 1,200 mourners filled the Barnum High School gym Saturday to pay their respects to kidnap victim Katie Poirier and to hear a call to action on behalf of women and the vulnerable.

In a sometimes tearful memorial service, Kathlyn Elizabeth Poirier was described as loving, family-oriented, funny, mischievous - and now at peace.

Her disappearance May 26 from the Moose Lake convenience store where she worked sparked a summerlong search involving volunteers from
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 10th, 2005, 5:13pm »

The Startribune also presented numerous articles on the course of the trial. The forensic analysis of Katie's tooth and the chemically unique filling as well as video footage of a black van matching that of the perpetrator. A farmer and neighbor of the perpetrator testified that he saw blom drive his black van by at a time which would correspond to the time needed to drive from Moose Lake after Katie's abduction. The perpetrator also purchase alcohol with a credit card in a liquor shop near the convenience store shortly before Katie's abduction. The confession of the perpetrator and further evidence is accessible also from www.pioneerpress.com as well. I wish to concentrate on Katie her family and the outrage that a 6 time convicted sex offender can be released unmonitored to strike again.
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Two witnesses testify about their suspicions of Donald Blom
Published on July 15, 2000
By Larry Oakes; Staff Writer

As Katie Poirier's loved ones watched intently, a key trial witness Friday identified Donald Blom as the man she saw near the scene of Poirier's abduction about an hour before it occurred.
Kathy Hanek, who worked at a Subway sandwich shop next to the convenience store where Poirier worked, also described how she happened to drive behind the man's extended-cab pickup truck on the way home from work and remembered part of its plate number: 557--Y.
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Another step toward closure,' says Katie Poirier's father
Published on August 17, 2000
By Kavita Kumar; Staff Writer

When Patrick Poirier heard the jury proclaim Donald Blom guilty of his sister's murder Wednesday, his mind went blank.

"You don't think about anything," he said. "It was like a weight off your shoulders and you just sank."

Katie Poirier's family members and their supporters held on to one another and wept as they heard the court clerk read the decision they'd been waiting to hear for so long. They pinned ribbons to their shirts in
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Poirier family speaks out
Published on August 18, 2000
By Robert Franklin; Staff Writer

After a life sentence was meted out to her daughter's convicted killer, Pam Poirier said Thursday that she'd just like to go home, relax and change her phone number.

But she won't.

"I want Katie to be the last of the statistics," she said of her daughter's murder. But she fears that "this will happen again."

So Poirier and other family members will return to the State Capitol in St. Paul to lobby again for laws intended
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Amid chaos, Blom gets life without parole
Published on August 18, 2000
By Larry Oakes; Staff Writer

At the end of a murder case that exploded a family's happiness, a town's security and a state's complacency about sex offenders, Thursday's sentencing of Donald Blom produced more human nitroglycerin.

It detonated when Pam Poirier, mother of abducted and killed store clerk Katie Poirier, confronted Blom before a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

Katie's outspoken mother looked into the eyes of Katie's newly convicted and
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