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Worthington woman gets 21 months in prison

NEW ULM - A 39-year-old Worthington woman who pleaded guilty last fall to felony kidnapping and gross misdemeanor terroristic threats at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in June 2012, was sentenced to 21 months in prison Tuesday in an amended Brown County District Court decision.

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Last October, Elisheba J. Swett received a stay of imposition and was sentenced to 20 years supervised probation, 187 days in the Brown County Jail and ordered to pay restitution.

Since then, Swett violated probation by failing to report to her attorney and probation agent as directed, and failure to abstain from alcohol.

Swett was fined $3,740.58 and ordered to pay $585.58 restitution for lost wages of a Wal-Mart employee. She was credited with 290 days served in jail.

According to the complaint, New Ulm Police responded at 6:25 p.m. on June 14, 2012 after a caller said a store employee was being forced from the store by a female suspect, later identified asSwett. The caller said Swett said she planted a bomb in the store and had a detonator in her pocket.

The store employee said Swett used her as a "human shield," forcing her outside into a parking lot, according to the complaint.

Witnesses said Swett released the woman when police arrived. She resisted arrest briefly before she was taken into custody and transferred to the Brown County Jail.

Police evacuated the store, searched it and found no bomb. Customers were allowed back into the store at about 8:30 p.m. Police observed the entire sequence of events on Wal-Mart's video surveillance system, which matched accounts given by store employees, according to the complaint.