Man sentenced for kidnapping stepfather

There are 20 comments on the Sep 23, 2008, TwinCities.com story titled Man sentenced for kidnapping stepfather. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A 20-year-old former Bloomer man was sentenced Monday in Chippewa County Court to 18 years in prison on felony charges of motor vehicle theft, kidnapping and escape, a sentence that pleased the victim, the ...

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Franklin Adams

Fargo, ND

#1 Sep 23, 2008
Lock him up and throw away the key. Some people cannot be rehabbed. He sounds like one of them.
reap

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Sep 23, 2008
probably the hardest thing for that mom to admit that it was her son who was responsible...had to be done, even to your own child-god forbid it would be a total stranger next. good for her and the hubby and good for society in general. Thank you.
Good Parenting

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Sep 23, 2008
I'm glad I wasn't raised by this persons mother. She said your honor give him as much time as you can. The guy is obviously mentally ill and his own mothers going to stand before the court asking for the max. They got him an apartment, food, paid his utilities, helped him fill out job applications, sounds to me like you they tried to keep him away for whatever reason, and didn't give him what he needed most. So your honor can you please keep him away because we need a break.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Sep 23, 2008
this kids mother recognizes the problem and did exactly what she should have.They obviously are afraid of this kid. they tried to help
father

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Sep 23, 2008
You guys don't understand what Andrew had to go through with his mother. He was abused and the police was notified and I tried to go to the court for help and no one would help. You have no idea who this kid is. Try putting your self in our shoes. Does he deserve to do time....Yes. Does he deserve to do 18 years no. The only story your getting is his mothers and she is the only one who feels that way. She is angry and I don't blame her but she is taking this way to far. What kind of mother would ask for max time in jail. This is her son and she's going to lose him because of her anger. I can understand Rick was scared but its not going to take 18 years for Andrew to learn his lesson. Andrew didn't hurt him or take him to a field and take his truck. He left him at an SA and just ran. He never hurt him at all. The gun Andrew had wasn't real. It was pelot gun. Like I said I can't blame Rick for being scared but this just shows Andrew wasn't planing to hurt him. In all the times he broke into his mothers house he never ment to do harm he just wanted out of his life and he wanted to run. Although his mother did pay for the apartment..etc. She was never there for him the why a mother should of been. He has mental problems steming from his mothers abuse and he needs help. Please don't think we are the kind of parents who thinks Andrew should just be let out. We do know he needs to serve his time but this is too much. The only reason he is serving this much time is because of his mother and step father but we do know he is in jail because of the choices he made.
Friend

Andover, MN

#7 Sep 23, 2008
I find it very interesting how everyone sided with the mother without having any type of details on what kind of mother she was. Throwing money at a kid just so he doesnt live with you is not helping. Paying his bills instead of working with him to get on his feet is not helping either. When you push a kid out of the house when you know he cannot afford it on his own - what do you think is going to happen. You are setting him up for failure and at a young age kids will fall on the wrong side of the fence out of desperation. Its easy to stand in front of a court room and say how great of a mother you were without having your own parenting skills put under the microscope. I agree a punishment is needed but one that fits what the person needs. Putting him away for over half of his life doesn't measure up. He is 20, how many of you were rocket scientists at 20 and never got into trouble. Before you make your judgements you may want to get both sides of the story. Its a family that needs help and healing not press and a bunch of one sided opinions.
Good Parenting

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Sep 24, 2008
After reading Father and Friends comments it sounds like i'm not to far of the mark, actually looks alot like a bullseye. And to think i'm just an above average citizen who nailed this after reading this little article. But a very well educated judge from Wisconsin missed the mark completely. Well thats the way it's supposed to be, I guess. That same judge has to look at himself in the mirror everyday. Maybe someday he can appeal his sentence and hopefully they'll get it right.
father

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Sep 25, 2008
I want to thank you for understanding how this was. I wish it wasn't so harsh on him and knowing that I don't get to see my son for so long hurts. I didn't even get to see him befor he went in. I know that his mother will have to meet our god one day and thats when she will get hers. I ask that you keep him in your prayers and I pray that he is safe. Thanks.
Family Member

Cape Coral, FL

#10 Oct 11, 2008
I understand your pain, "father", but to blame all of this on his mother? Every parent makes mistakes and wishes they could go back and do things over. What was your role in his troubles? Wasn't it actually YOU that raised him most of his teen years? How is this all mom's fault then? Of course you are hurting but it isn't right to try to absolve your guilt by blaming it all on mom.
In the Family

Belvidere, IL

#11 Oct 11, 2008
Perhaps "Family Member" knows mom, or even is mom. But for all the family members to the late Andrew, we know just the impact to Andrews life. It is not my place to put what happened in the past making this story and the final outcome the final word for Andrews short life. The mother and step-father have to live with all that had happened from when he was just a little child to just yesterday, 10/10/08. All the family members who were around and seen everyone on a regular basis or on the occasional visit will know all the factors that lead Andrew to do the things that he did during his public life.
And you are right parents do make mistakes. But no matter what the mistakes made I've seen all parents seek help for their children. The best thing that should have happened would have been to seek help to get him into a program or ministry away from Minnesota and Wisconsin. The mother choose to have him in town, but set aside.
Bad choices were made and now there is nothing we can do to fix it. I pray so strongly for Andrew, he will be forever in my prayers.
person

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Oct 11, 2008
Please pray for the family and more importantly his mother. She will be dealing with more than any parent should ever have to go through. Not only does she have to lose her only son but she also has to deal with putting him in jail for half of his life. I know the entire family is blaming them selves for Andrews end but she is more than likely blaming her self for the lose of her son.
father

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Oct 11, 2008
We don't blame just the mother. We are totally aware that Andrew put him self in this situation. It is not the mothers fault Andrew is in jail. It is Andrews fault. It is his mothers fault he was surving such a large sentance.

“Jaywalking”

Since: Oct 08

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Oct 11, 2008
Good Parenting wrote:
I'm glad I wasn't raised by this persons mother. She said your honor give him as much time as you can. The guy is obviously mentally ill and his own mothers going to stand before the court asking for the max. They got him an apartment, food, paid his utilities, helped him fill out job applications, sounds to me like you they tried to keep him away for whatever reason, and didn't give him what he needed most. So your honor can you please keep him away because we need a break.
Apartment, food, utilities? I think that they did too much.
Uncle

Champlin, MN

#15 Oct 12, 2008
You should know this. The mother had to work alot of overtime to help make up for the lack of or low amount of child support. While putting HERSELF thru nursing school. And from the age of 12 Andrew lived with his father.
Another Family Member

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Oct 12, 2008
To "Father", I feel for you for the loss of your son, Andrew. For readers who don't know, Andrew took his life a few days ago.
Andrew could be so sweet at times, and when I look back I can see just how much he was neglected from both parents. Something should have been done when he began exhibiting the classic symptoms of a troubled youth, but all I saw was his parents more concerned about themselves. Why didn't you spend more time with him? I could go on but I won't.
father

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Oct 13, 2008
To "Another Family Member". You have no idea what we went through with Andrew. If there is any parent who did everything right by their child then I would like to meet you because there should be a book written about you. I hope you don't ever have to feel the guilt of losing a child. How dare you. You have no right telling us that we should have done something when he was showing symptoms. We may not have done everything right but WE did something. And to "Uncle". For the record She got child suport well after she should have. She got it when Andrew was living with us and after thier older daughter was graduated and moved out. There was never lack of child suport because it was always paid. Always! And her going through college has nothing to do with child suport. And yes from the age of 12 Andrew did live with us but She STILL GOT HER CHILD SUPORT. The father had no choice. And when the child suport was finaly droped after Andrew lived with us for 6 years she got what was held when we were fighting it. What single parent didn't have to work overtime to suport their family? The father did it. What about him.
Matter of Fact

Waunakee, WI

#18 Oct 13, 2008
RIP Everyone can relax now as this young, troubled soul took his own life last night at The Fox Correctional Facility. Now God will deal with him and later deal with all who have had a hand in this young man's troubled past.
Minnesota

Athens, GA

#19 Oct 14, 2008
People....Now is the time to take the high road as Andrew did. There will always be plenty of blame to go around, plenty of guilt felt. Leave it in the past and move on as Andrew did. That would be the best memory that Andrew could have, and the best for the living. Remember to "Live Well" and let him go in PEACE.
Family

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Oct 14, 2008
May God comfort and bless the family and friends that are impacted by this tragedy. It is never easy to lose anybody that you love, and it's even harder to lose somebody so young. I trust that Andrew is no longer suffering. He is finally free... literally, and emotionally. No more hurt, loneliness, anger, sorrow, regret or sadness. I will say a special prayer for all those touched by Andrew. May the family find peace and love all around them.
Another Family Member

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Oct 14, 2008
To "Father", actually, yes, I do know what you went through, and what you didn't go through.

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