Impact statements on Mark Loesch murder sought for upcoming trial

The trial of Jamaal Freeman, charged with killing Kingfield resident Mark Loesch in September 2007, is set for Jan. 20 and prosecutors are still looking for community impact statements.

Assistant City Attorney Lisa Godon issued a request for statements in early December on the Kingfield Neighborhood Association’s website. She said later in the month that about a dozen impact statements had been submitted to the City Attorneys office, but noted that more might have been sent straight to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, which is handling the case.

A dozen statements is more than the norm for a given crime, Godon said, but she expected a much higher number given the nature of Loesch’s death, which received heavy media attention. The Kingfield husband and father of four went out for a late-night bicycle ride and was found severely beaten the next morning.

Donald Jackson, another defendant charged in Loesch’s death, pled guilty to aggravated robbery after agreeing to testify against Freeman. Jackson’s sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 2. Freeman’s trial was originally scheduled for July, but a last-minute defense attorney switch postponed the date.

Community impact statements are used to show how a particular crime affected a community. They are presented to a judge prior to sentencing. More detailed information and impact statement forms can be found at www.kingfield.org or at www.hennepinattorney.org.