Rochester Man’s Probation Revoked in Prison Contraband Case
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man who was sentenced to probation earlier this year for sending contraband to a prison inmate is now headed back to prison for probation violations.
An Olmsted County Judge has revoked 34-year-old Victor Fortner's probation and has ordered him to serve what had previously been a stayed two-year prison sentence. Fortner entered a guilty plea in late February to a felony charge of Sending Contraband to a State Prison or Hospital.
He was accused of mailing multiple doses of a drug used to treat opioid addiction to an inmate at the Stillwater State Prison in December 2018. Investigators were able to link Fortner to the shipment of contraband by tracing the postage on the package to a kiosk at the Rochester Post Office, which had recorded video of Fortner purchasing the postage.
The criminal complaint says, when he was confronted, Fortner admitted to the crime and indicated he was trying to make some money and work his way up within an organization. The court document also indicates that investigators were aware the inmate who received the package was associated with a white supremacy gang in prison.
Fortner, who has a lengthy criminal history that includes four felony convictions, had previously served time at Stillwater State Prison. Court records show he was given a 78-month prison term for his conviction on aggravated robbery charges in 2013.