Minnesota not-so-nice: 'Neighbor from hell' sentenced


A woman who pleaded guilty to a felony count of harassment for harassing a White Bear Lake family was sentenced Monday to five years probation, the Pioneer Press reports.

Lori Elaine Christensen, 50, was also sentenced to 50 hours of community service. She also cannot go within a mile in the next year of Gregory and Kimberly Hoffman, after violating a restraining order the Hoffmans had against Christensen.

Dubbed the "neighbor from hell," the Hoffmans accused Christensen of harassing them multiple times in the last year. Along with a previous sentence, Christensen will serve more than 8 years of probation.

Christensen pleaded guilty in July, but attempted to withdraw her plea claiming she was forced to plead guilty. The judge in the case denied the request.

The Star Tribune reports that Christensen's previous incidents of harassment include mocking Kimberly Hoffman, who is a recovering alcoholic, and making fun of the alcoholism during the birthday celebration of the woman’s son.

Christensen allegedly played with a toy remote-controlled car outside and yelled, “Drunk driver, drunk driver" during the son's birthday celebration.

Fox 9 reports that Christensen was previously sentenced to 90 days in the county workhouse in May for harassing the family.

Last month Christensen told her side of the story in an interview with ABC's "20/20," claiming she has just been protecting herself from "being stalked and being bullied."

Also in the interview, Christensen offered no apologies for her behavior.

"Why do I have to live my life to make them happy?" Christensen said.

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