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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.

According to the criminal complaint from 2011, Thole told the girl afterward that he "was going to be in trouble for what he had done."

Judge Richard Spicer agreed. In August, Spicer sentenced Thole to 360 months in prison for the criminal sexual conduct charges. Thole is now serving his time in Minnesota's prison system.

However, he still stands to have more prison time added, because he also allegedly stabbed two people in Lakeville in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 2011, just hours after raping the girl.

According to the criminal complaint, also from 2011, Thole allegedly came after a woman in Lakeville in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 2011. Thole allegedly started to punch a woman, but another man came to the woman's aid and tried to stop Thole. A fight followed, and Thole produced a eight- to 10-inch knife. He stabbed the woman in the abdomen and cut the man during the struggle.

For that, Thole has been charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. A settlement conference is scheduled for November, with a jury trial set for December.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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