Conklin enters innocent plea

BLUE EARTH – Joseph Dean Conklin of Winnebago pleaded innocent Monday to charges of attempted murder. His attorney requested a jury trial.

Conklin, 47, being held in the Faribault County Jail, is facing three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge stemming from a Feb. 6 incident, in which he is accused of trying to strangle and stab a woman after drinking beer.

Count 1 is attempted murder in the second degree, with intent, not premeditated. It carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Count 2 is assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon. It carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, a $14,000 fine or both.

Count 3 is domestic assault by strangulation. It carries a maximum sentence of not more than three years of imprisonment or a fine of $5,000 or both.

Count 4 is domestic assault, misdemeanor. It carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

On Monday, defense attorney William Grogin requested that Conklin be granted a six-hour furlough to attend the funeral of his father today.

Conklin’s alleged victim would be present at the funeral, but had no objection to Conklin attending, Grogin said. His statement was backed up by Deb Wiederhoft, Faribault County Victim Services advocate, who had talked to the victim.

Troy Timmerman, prosecuting attorney, requested Conklin be required to abstain from alcohol.

Judge Douglas Richards granted the furlough, warning Conklin there would consequences if he had any alcohol or illegal substances.