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Sander defense attorneys files for depositions
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Former Trinity High School principal Tom Sander’s defense team Wednesday filed the individuals it will depose in preparation for trial.


Sander, 30, is charged with starting a fire at the school in early March. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges, B felonies arson and endangering by fire.

Defense attorney Lloyd Suhr with Bismarck-based firm Suhr and Lofgren plans to do depositions with nine individuals. They are:

- Alexia Jo Eslinger, a secretary at Dickinson Catholic Schools.

- Andrew Desrosier, an English teacher at Trinity High School.

- Derek Hill, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Bismarck

- One Trinity High School student

- Msgr. Patrick Schumacher, vice president of DCS and the pastor at St. Wenceslaus

- Robert Storey, a religion teacher at THS. The second charge against Sander, endangering by fire, is for allegedly starting the blaze knowing Storey was sleeping in his apartment on the second floor of Trinity.

- Terry Oestreich, a detective with the Dickinson Police Department.

- Father Kregg Hochhalter, the new dean of students. At the time of the fire, he was the Trinity chaplain.

- Richard Holgard, a parish representative to the DCS Board of Education. Sander was living in a rented room out of Holgard’s home near Trinity at the time of the fire.

The depositions are scheduled for June 5 and 6. A new trial date hasn’t been set since the original July 16 date was canceled to allow more time for preparation.

Katherine Lymn
(701) 456-1211