Sentencing for Jerome “Jerry” Hennessey, the big game hunting co-op manager, has been delayed a week to Friday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Fergus Falls.

            The Echo Press reports sentencing for the former general manager of the defunct Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. replaces an earlier-announced June 13 date.

            Hennessey has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the theft of $5.4 million dollars from the co-op over a period of 15 years; much of it apparently spent on big game hunting trips around the world.          Meanwhile, on May 20 in Grant County District Court in Elbow Lake, Co-op attorney Erik Ahlgren will request that assets owned by Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator be sold to Wheaton-Dumont Cooperative Elevator, which is leasing the facility. The defunct Ashby co-op earlier agreed to sell the real estate for $650,000, after selling vehicles and wheeled equipment — for $500,000. The sale of property would help pay off $7.8 million owed by the Ashby co-op to Colorado-based CoBank.


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