Backus man sentenced for sex crime

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

WALKER–A Backus man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.

According to a release from the Cass County Attorney’s Office, 58-year-old Douglas Wayne Braker pleaded guilty to the count, and several other criminal sexual conduct charges were dismissed.

Douglas W. Braker, 58, Backus. Photo courtesy of Cass County Attorney’s Office.

Court documents indicate that Braker’s victim was a minor between the ages of 13 and 16.

Attorney Ben Lindstrom noted in the release the amount of courage it must have taken for the victim to come forward, and that it takes support from the community, family and friends to ensure these types of prosecutions are successful.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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