Prosecutor Reflects on Dru Sjodin's Case - KFYRTV.COM - Bismarck, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Prosecutor Reflects on Dru Sjodin's Case

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Souris Valley Animals Shelter Hosts Evening to PAWS

    Souris Valley Animals Shelter Hosts Evening to PAWS

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:41:59 GMT
    Caring for lost and unwanted animals, finding those animals loving homes, and promoting responsible pet ownership, are some of the goals of the Souris Valley Animals Shelter in Minot.  
    Caring for lost and unwanted animals, finding those animals loving homes, and promoting responsible pet ownership, are some of the goals of the Souris Valley Animals Shelter in Minot.  
  • Easter Egg Hunt in Minot

    Easter Egg Hunt in Minot

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:41:07 GMT
    The Roosevelt Park Zoo held their annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday afternoon. 
    The Roosevelt Park Zoo held their annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday afternoon. 
  • Planned Power Outages in Bismarck

    Planned Power Outages in Bismarck

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-20 22:51:59 GMT
    Montana-Dakota Utilities says customers need to prepare for a planned power outage starting Tuesday morning.
    Montana-Dakota Utilities says customers need to prepare for a planned power outage starting Tuesday morning.
  • TOOLBOX

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFYR. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.