A Thief River Falls man, who is required to register as a predatory offender, was sentenced Monday, March 29 in Pennington County District Court for failing to register his motor vehicle as part of his predatory offender requirements.
Another charge – felony failure to register employment as required by the predatory registration laws – was dismissed against Eric Allen Hoffmann, 37.
For the former offense, Hoffmann was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison stayed for five years. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.
Hoffmann was given credit for time served. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. He continues to be required to register as a predatory offender.
Hoffman was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample. Hoffmann was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines.
On Jan. 30, 2020, Pennington County Chief Deputy Seth Vettleson learned that Hoffmann hadn’t registered his vehicle as part of his predatory offender registration requirements.
According to the complaint, Vettleson learned that a deputy had stopped Hoffmann in a 1997 Dodge Ram on Sept. 23, 2019, for an unrelated incident. The vehicle was registered to Hoffmann as part of the motor vehicle registration requirements in Minnesota; however, he hadn’t registered it as part of his predatory offender requirements.
On Feb. 3, 2020, another deputy saw Hoffmann working at the Dollar Tree in Thief River Falls. She knew that he was required to register his place of employment. Hoffman had previously registered that he was working at Arby’s.
The following day, the deputy confirmed with the Dollar Tree store manager that Hoffmann had been working there for three weeks.
On Feb. 19, 2020, a third deputy learned from Arby’s shift manager that Hoffmann hadn’t worked there for about a year.