Richard Hegquist has been arrested 44 times in 18 Minnesota counties, convicted of 12 felonies

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Richard Hegquist
What Barry Bonds was to homers, Richard Hegquist is to getting arrested.

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The 37-year-old Ham Lake resident was sentenced yesterday for his 12th felony, this time for beating up and robbing the owner of Hermantown Car and Pet Wash in July.

With a track record like that, you might be surprised to learn that Hegquist was only sentenced to a little less than six years in prison. But that's how it turned out, meaning he'll have a chance to complete a baker's dozen of felonies by the time he's 45.

As the Duluth News Tribune reports, Hegquist's modest sentence for the aggravated robbery conviction was the result of a plea deal. Had his latest case gone to trial, he could've been convicted as a "career offender" and faced up to 40 years behind bars.

The Tribune also provides some background about Hegquist's hard-to-match criminal history:
In 1996, Hegquist had his first recorded arrest for underage consumption of alcohol at age 20. His first felony drug charge came in 2004, for possession of marijuana. After that, he saw a string of charges for theft by check, forgery and theft by swindle charges all in the same year.

His first burglary charge came in 2005. Later that year, he was found guilty of the theft by check charge, his first conviction. That case was the first of several financial crimes that later included a felonious aggravated forgery conviction.

Since 2005, Hegquist also has been convicted in numerous property theft and burglary cases, pleading guilty to first-degree damage to property, taking property without consent, receiving stolen property and theft of gasoline, among others.
Convictions aside, Hegquist has been arrested 44 times in 18 Minnesota counties, including just about every single one in the metro area. To see his arrest record represented in a map, click here.

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mohanlon3
mohanlon3

This guy is a career loser, he needs to be locked up.  This is not a mental illness, unless you consider being stupid a mental illness.  It sounds like people are trying to defend him because he got a bum rap as a youth on a pot bust.  LOTS of people get felonies and turn to a real job once they get out, sure you aren't going to get a position as a manager somewhere (At least not right away)  But there are TONS of service type jobs that don't give a hoot if you have a record, like line cook, and maintenance gigs.  Many of my friends who did jail time had some trouble but are all able to work.  This jerk wants a free ride and he doesn't care who he needs to screw to get it, he is not a victim, he is a scumbucket.

Justin Beck
Justin Beck

I'd wager this man has an undiagnosed mental illness. He should get the help he needs if that is the case.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Lucky this guy is white or the typical racists like KenyX would be falling over themselves to post their drivel.

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

How is this guy not in jail? Come on left, quit taking the criminals side.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

It's not openly stated in this or the Duluth newspaper story, but this guy is obviously a completely hapless drug addict/alcoholic.  It looks like all his crimes are related to having or getting drugs, or stealing to get money for drugs, etc.

I'm not saying legalizing drugs will necessarily help a guy like this.  You would still have to buy them and this guy doesn't seem able to go without when he doesn't have money by legitimate means.  And obviously he's willing to get violent.

This dude needs to be locked up and forced to detox. Or maybe we should all chip in, as a society, and make sure he stays permanently stoned; but without access to motorized vehicles, weapons, power tools, etc.  It might be cheaper to buy him a motel room, X-Box, carte blanche and the nearest Subway, and all the dope/cheap booze he can put away.  That could only last a few years, and he wouldn't hurt anybody; we wouldn't have to tie up law enforcement and other public resources, etc.

Joshua Fest
Joshua Fest

I don't know if we should say anything mean, this man must not be right in the head.

Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

yup, agreed.. this is the way it seems to be in Minnesota, though. this state coddles it's criminals. case after case of " career criminals " like this guy re-offending. especially our drunk drivers.. it's pathetic. I don't know the solution.

Fiona Vandale
Fiona Vandale

I'm there with you on the plea. If the charge was serious enough that he would have gotten a "career criminal" designation and do 40 years if it went to trial then it was serious enough to take it to trial.

Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

good point, Fiona. depends on how much pot, though. if he had just a personal stash, I cant imagine his charge would have been a felony, so i'm guessing he had "quantity". his light sentence in this last case is the result of a plea deal. he should not be allowed to plea..

Dave Brazelton
Dave Brazelton

44, seriously? Seriously dude? Fool me once shame on me . Fool me the other 43 times and shame on lame assed Minnesota.

Fiona Vandale
Fiona Vandale

Not that I have a problem with violent criminals rotting in jail, but I wonder what his life might have been like if he hadn't been shackled with a "felony" conviction for possessing pot at an early age. It would have been a positive bar for any legitimate employment, so... wot's a thug to do eh?

Notmyemail
Notmyemail

By outlawing marijuana and giving this guy a felony for it, they've created a monster!

yoopie93
yoopie93

We need to enact a "44 Strikes and You're Out" law in Minnesota.

Max Robinson
Max Robinson

he was probably on drugs for most of the count

nzupfer
nzupfer

Lazy prosecutors!!!!! So much easier to cut a deal than to actually put a case together and present it in court!!!!

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours topcommenter

Seriously, what hope is there for a loser like this. What are the odds he gets out of prison years from now and does anything meaningful with the rest of his life. Slim at best. Dude can't handle freedom. #TweetsAreYours

lori186
lori186

This guy gives pot smokers a bad name.

Erin Jungerberg
Erin Jungerberg

He needs to STAY in prison. If he was in California he'd have been in for life years ago.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@Justin Beck It's called immense stupidity, and therapy doesn't cure that.


sosmpls
sosmpls

@MNjoe You're the only loser who mentioned race.

What's really Too Bad is that the guy he beat up didn't have a carry permit!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Chad Liljegren I'm "left" and I think this POS should've gotten hit with career criminal time and not given a plea agreement. I also think your football team sucks.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Notmyemail Yes, I am sure his pot bust lead to his downward spiral as a check forging thief.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@nzupfer It's also hundreds of thousands of dollars cheaper, and since we're footing that bill, I'm okay with it.

debpias
debpias

@Nuevo Andrewismo Heck yeah! I hear people can pea in there, but it only makes the lake MORE delicious.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@ajlalk3  Yes, actually, I'm sure it did.  This guy seems like a helpless addict loser.  Once you get into the system, being a loser, you just keep losing.  Fees and terms of sentences keep you from not being a loser, and the whole thing just spirals out of control.  The solution is to not be a loser.  That is much, much harder than it sounds for those who find themselves in the position of being a loser.

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