Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Gina Schmit Dahlen, age 49 and Douglas Craig Dahlen, age 54, of Herman, Minnesota, were sentenced today by Judge Karen Asphaug in connection with the case involving the disappearance of the two daughters of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki on April 19, 2013 until November of 2015. At the time of their disappearance, the girls were age 13 and 14 respectively. Each pled guilty to one count of Deprivation of Custodial/Parental Rights on January 23, 2017.
Judge Asphaug placed the defendants on probation for two years. As conditions of their probation both defendants must serve 31 days in jail, 31 days of Sentence to Service, pay $10,000 in restitution to the Minnesota Crime Victims’ Reparations Board (this organization expended this amount for family reunification services in this case) and pay a fine of $944, which represents one dollar for each day the two girls were missing.
Deirdre Elise Evavold, age 53 of St. Cloud, was convicted on September 29, 2016 of six counts of Deprivation of Custodial/Parental Rights. She was sentenced on November 10, 2016 to 180 days in jail, placed on probation for a period of four years, and ordered to pay a fine of $944, a dollar for each day the girls were missing. Restitution in the amount of $10,000 was also ordered to the Minnesota Crime Victims’ Reparations Board.
Sandra Sue Grazzini-Rucki, age 51, was sentenced in September of 2016, by Judge Karen Asphaug 233 days in jail and placing Grazzini-Rucki on probation for six years with additional annual jail and Sentence to Service sanctions. Grazzini-Rucki was found guilty July 28, 2016 by a Dakota County Jury of six counts of Deprivation of Custodial/Parental Rights. Grazzini-Rucki was also fined $944 for each of her daughters ($1,888 total), which represents $1 for each day her two daughters were missing. She was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the Minnesota Crime Victims’ Reparations Board and pay additional restitution for any future counseling expenses which may be incurred by the victims in this case.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint/Pages/default.aspx. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed online at: Inmate Search.
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Kathy Keena, who prosecuted this case. Backstrom thanked the Lakeville Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Office for their ongoing investigation into this case and bringing the girls back safely to their father in Lakeville.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.