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Guilty plea filed in vehicular homicide case that left a Garfield man dead

An in-person sentencing hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Pine County District Court.

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PINE COUNTY — A petition to enter a plea of guilty has been filed in the case of the Minneapolis woman charged with vehicular homicide stemming from an incident last year that left a Garfield man dead.

The petition was filed and signed by Tabitha Sue Sigler, 22, on Monday, July 18, and reads that she wishes to enter a plea of guilty to the offense of felony criminal vehicular homicide — operate vehicle with any amount of a Schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance.

The incident took place on May 14, 2021, and resulted in the death of Dave Greiner of Garfield. Greiner, a long-time member of the Minnesota Air National Guard, was planning to retire and was on his way to one of his last drill weekends in Duluth.

Sigler made an appearance via Zoom in Pine County District Court for an omnibus hearing on Tuesday, July 19. She appeared from Pine County Jail, where she currently is in custody.

During the hearing, Sigler admitted to driving under the influence of methamphetamine and said she does not recall how her vehicle left the roadway.

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At one point Sigler appeared to wipe away tears when discussing the incident.

An in-person sentencing hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Pine County District Court.

According to the petition to enter a guilty plea, the maximum penalty the court could impose, taking into consideration any prior convictions, is imprisonment for 10 years.

Felony criminal vehicular homicide is a severity level 8 offense and assuming a criminal history score of 1, then the presumptive disposition would be a prison commit between 50-69 months with a presumptive guideline sentence of 58 months, the petition read.

Assuming a criminal history score of 2, the presumptive disposition would be a prison commit between 58-81 months with a presumptive guideline sentence of 68 months, the petition read.

Assuming a criminal history score of 3, the presumptive disposition would be a prison commit between 67-93 months with a presumptive guideline sentence of 78 months, the petition read.

In March, Sigler was arrested for violating the conditions of her release, court documents show.

Sigler was alleged to have failed to abstain from the use of mood-altering substances, failed to not drive without a valid license and insurance, and failed to remain law-abiding, according to a document filed on Wednesday, March 16.

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According to an order for conditional release filed on Thursday, March 17, Sigler must post bail or bond with no conditions in the amount of $50,000, or post bail or bond with conditions in the amount of $25,000.

Some of the conditions Sigler must follow are that she can not drive without a valid driver's license and insurance, must have no new offenses, must have no alcohol or controlled substance use with the exception of prescribed medications and be subject to random testing.

Sigler has a criminal record in Minnesota dating back to 2018. Court records show that in 2020 she was convicted of theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and giving false information to police stemming from an incident that took place in 2019.

For this same incident, Sigler was also acquitted of two felony assault charges and attempted murder in the first degree.

According to court documents, Sigler was accused of swerving a stolen Jeep directly at a police officer in an intentional attempt to strike him. She was driving 100 miles an hour at the time, the document read.

Since the filing of the vehicular homicide charge, Sigler has been charged in five other cases in Minnesota, two of which have been dismissed, and three of which are still pending.

The three pending cases are for the following charges:

  • Tamper with a motor vehicle/entering without owner's permission.
  • Receiving stolen property (motor vehicle) and fleeing a peace officer — no vehicle.
  • Theft — take/use/transfer moveable property — with no consent.

One of the dismissed charges, which is a drug charge, will be charged by formal complaint, court documents read.

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