Austin woman sentenced to prison time on felony firearm possession and failure to appear charges in Mower County District Court

An Austin woman who was found with a loaded .25 caliber pistol after being arrested during a May 28th, 2017 traffic stop in Mower County after law enforcement learned she had arrest warrants in Olmsted and Freeborn Counties, and who later failed to appear for court hearings after being released from the Mower County jail with the knowledge that failure to appear would result in a separate felony charge has been sentenced to prison time in Mower County District Court.  

40-year old April Amanda Hinze, also known as April Amanda Mallan and April Amanda Wytaske was sentenced on Thursday to 60 months in prison for a felony charge of being a violent felon in possession of a firearm. She received credit for 116 days served.  Hinze also received a concurrent sentence of 22 months in prison for a felony charge of failure to appear on felony charges. She received credit for 76 days served.

Charges of felony violent felon in possession of firearm ammunition, a gross misdemeanor for no proof of insurance, two or more priors, a misdemeanor for driving after cancellation and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia were all dismissed as part of a plea agreement reached in the case on February 27th.