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Former Winthrop man accepts plea deal for threats to doctor

NEW ULM — A 55-year-old former rural Winthrop man accused of offering a reward for a doctor’s kidnapping in April 2021 pleaded guilty to a felony threats of violence in Brown County District Court June 24.

According to a plea agreement, Ronald H. Schoenborn of Deerwood will receive a stay of adjudication. A jury trial was cancelled, and sentencing was set for 10:45 a.m. Aug. 8.

According to an Alford addendum to enter a guilty plea, Schoenborn maintained innocence as long as he agrees the state’s evidence is sufficient for a jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt if he went to trial.

Schoenborn was arrested April 23, 2021 near New Ulm Medical Center after police noticed a sign with several messages near his vehicle, according to court documents.

Of concern was a sign that read “$500 reward for Dr. Randeep Dhami to be brought to me unharmed.”

Police were aware Schoenborn had been parking near NUMC with signs on his vehicle regarding his perceived treatment at NUMC and the name of at least one doctor on the signs.

Schoenborn’s vehicle was seized as evidence, he was arrested and transported to the Brown County Law Enforcement Center. Police found five $100 bills, the exact amount Schoenborn offered for the kidnapping and false imprisonment of Dahmi.

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