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Farmington man gets 30 years for rape of 14-year-old


One night of making bad decisions has landed a Farmington man in prison for the next 30 years. Depending on the outcome of his next round of prosecution hearings, more prison time could be coming.

In June, Randall Thole, 51, was found guilty of raping a then-14-year-old girl who was in his care on the night of Aug. 6, 2011. The rape occurred in his home, when he forced himself on the girl after providing her with alcohol then making her watch a pornographic movie.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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