A Lake County jury on Thursday convicted a Babbitt man on all six charges brought against him in connection with a high-speed snowmobile chase through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 2014.
Edward Zupancich, 27, was convicted after about two hours of deliberation following a three-day trial. He was charged with a felony of fleeing an officer on a motor vehicle as well as misdemeanor charges of possessing cans in the BWCAW, operating a snowmobile in an unsafe manner, possessing a mechanical transport or mechanized equipment in the BWCAW, failure to display registration and littering.
The article goes on in more detail than was made available immediately after the initial arrests. Given the delays in the trial, I was starting to wonder if the state's case was not as strong as it originally seemed. I guess it was.
The second man, Barney Lakner, is now scheduled to go on trial June 10.
Zupancich is scheduled to be sentenced on March 26. His family, immediate and extended, are well-known and as far as I can tell, well-regarded in the area. I've seen a number of items thanking them for their generosity in donating time, goods, and money back to the community. They have resources. Hopefully they and the court can combine and straighten this kid out.