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Prosecutor Reflects on Dru Sjodin's Case

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Ten years ago, University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin was leaving her job at the mall in Grand Forks. She was talking to her boyfriend on her cellphone as she walked to her car, but the call abruptly ended, and that was the last time anyone heard from her.

About a week later, police arrested a level three high-risk sex offender from Minnesota.  

Her body was found the following spring.

Evidence confirmed that Alfonso Rodriguez kidnapped and killed her, and he was convicted and sentenced to death.

The lead prosecutor in the case was Drew Wrigley, who is now our lieutenant governor.  

"As I said, every case has its importance, but there's something about this case that resonated very much for a couple of reasons, mostly about the defendant, in that he had been a multiple offender across decades and had committed crimes very quickly after he was let out of prison every time. I think it heightened awareness of sexual offenders, not simply that they deserve very strong punishment which they do, punishment is a legitimate means to a legitimate end to a criminal case, but also the recognition that they are hard-wired this way, and that you have to continue to find ways to protect the public beyond what their sentence and years might be. It heightened that awareness very much for the people of this region and nationally," says Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley.

The case changed the way the nation deals with sex offenders, including making more information available to the public.

In 2006, President Bush signed legislation creating the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry.

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