Prelim set in CSC case

EAGLE RIVER – An Ahmeek man accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct had a preliminary hearing set for later this month at an appearance in 97th District Court in Eagle River Thursday.

Cody Spagnotti, 18, could be sentenced for up to life in prison on the charge, which stems from an alleged incident in April. He was arrested on the charge last month.

The alleged victim in the case was 12 at the time, Prosecutor Donna Jaaskelainen said at Thursday’s hearing.

Pam Dobbs was appointed as Spagnotti’s attorney Thursday after he said he could not afford one. She asked his bail be lowered from $1 million to a 10 percent $100,000 bond. Even then, she said, posting bail would be out of reach.

Judge Mark Wisti refused, saying he had power to set aside the possibility of bail entirely on a charge so severe.

“This is one of the most serious charges an individual could be facing, and I’m going to leave it where it is,” he said.

Spagnotti waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 14 days. He will appear for his preliminary hearing on July 31.