Prosecutor Press Release on FEN Sentencing in Minnesota; Charges Still Pending.
Final Exit Network, Inc. Sentenced in Assisting with Suicide.
Attorney James Backstrom announced that Final Exit Network, Inc. (FEN) was
sentenced today by Judge Christian Wilton to a stay of execution of 21 months in
prison (while a corporate entity cannot be sent to prison, under Minnesota law
this sanction establishes that the offense is a felony) and 15 years of
probation, and ordered to pay a fine of $30,000 and approximately $3,000 in
restitution in connection with assisting Doreen Dunn in committing suicide on
May 30, 2007, at her home in Apple Valley. FEN will remain on probation until
the fine and restitution is paid. On May 14, 2015, a Dakota County Jury found
Final Exit Network, Inc. guilty of Assisting Another to Commit Suicide and
Interference with a Dead Body or Death Scene.
facts pertaining to this case can be found online at: Criminal
Complaint Search. To view prior news releases, go to: Attorney
News Releases. Backstrom
commented: “What Final Exit Network does in aiding vulnerable and depressed
persons, like Doreen Dunn, in taking their own lives and then covering up the
truth about what has occurred from the victim’s family and investigating
agencies is both legally wrong and morally reprehensible. We are pleased to
have held this organization accountable in this case.” Backstrom extended his
sympathy to the family and friends of Doreen Dunn for their great loss. Two
individual defendants charged in connection with Doreen Dunn’s death still have
charges pending: 1) Dr.
Lawrence Egbert, age 87 of Baltimore, Maryland, is charged with Assisting
Another to Commit Suicide (a felony) and Interference with a Dead Body or Death
Scene (a gross misdemeanor). His next court appearance is on December 7, 2015,
in Hastings; and 2) Roberta
Massey, age 70 of Bear, Delaware, is charged with Assisting Another to Commit
Suicide (a felony). Ms. Massey’s case is on hold due to her own serious medical
praised Assistant County Attorney Elizabeth Swank and Chief Deputy Phil
Prokopowicz who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police
Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation who aided in the
investigation of this case.
you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440