Maple Grove council member enters plea

According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Maple Grove City Council member Leann Bobleter Sargent pleaded guilty Wednesday, Feb. 5, to a single count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult resulting from her use of her ailing father’s bank account, credit cards and other assets.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Luis Bartolomei said he would defer accepting her guilty plea until the sentencing but that she had made a complete and knowing waiver of her rights in pleading guilty.

Sargent, 63, will be sentenced for her felony plea April 7. No agreement was reached on her sentence, although state law presumes a sentence of probation with the possibility of a jail term of up to a year.