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Woman sentenced for helping wounded suspect in botched robbery

By John Weiss

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

WINONA — A Rochester woman was sentenced May 15 in Winona District Court to 10 years probation and ordered to do 100 hours of community work service for treating a man for a gunshot wound after he allegedly tried to rob a Winona liquor store.

Susan Ann Leathes, 37, pleaded guilty to aiding an offender, accomplice after the fact. Three related felonies were dismissed.

She was charged Feb. 20, 2007, with helping Andre Jones, 40, who eventually pleaded guilty to trying to rob the liquor store in February 2007. He was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Winona police said he threatened to shoot an employee but didn’t show a gun. A struggle occurred, and the employee shot Jones as he tried to flee.

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The complaint alleges Leathes treated Jones, her companion, for the wound and then lied to police, saying she hadn’t noticed that Jones was shot.

The Winona County Attorney’s office said the complaint alleges she helped Jones, who suffered a gunshot wound.

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