Bemidji woman convicted of neglect and assault sentenced to probation

A Bemidji woman who pleaded guilty to criminal neglect and domestic assault will spend five years on probation.

Karen Gannetta, 47, Bemidji. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, 47-year-old Karen Marie Gannetta was the parent and personal care worker for the adult victim, described as a vulnerable adult.

Gannetta reportedly kept her away from family members, and investigators found her severely malnourished and with significant bruises.

Gannetta’s stayed prison sentence will be served after she stays in the Beltrami County Jail for 180 days, but has already received credit for 112 days at the jail.


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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