Former Minneapolis cop's prison sentence thrown out

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Bradley Schnickel was sentenced last year to 30 months in prison for having sex with girls, ages 13 and 14, he met on Facebook and Skype. On Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals threw out that sentence, finding it too lenient.

A district court judge could have sent Schnickel to prison for 142 months, but opted for a significantly lighter sentence because they felt the ex-cop was remorseful and open to treatment.

"Because we conclude that the district court improperly relied exclusively on offender-related factors to support its downward durational departure, and respondent's alternative arguments are unpersuasive, we reverse and remand for resentencing," Judge John Rodenberg wrote.

As part of his lighter sentence, Schnickel entered a guilty plea to 5 of the 20 charges he faced for criminal sexual conduct, attempted criminal sexual conduct and engaging in electronic communication involving sexual conduct with minors.

Schnickel's case will return to district court for re-sentencing.

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