Former Edina plastic surgeon enters guilty plea in DWI-related case
A former Edina plastic surgeon recently sentenced for two counts of mistreatment of patients has pleaded guilty in an unrelated DWI case.
Christopher John Kovanda, 57, entered a guilty plea Thursday to one count of DWI – refusing to submit to a chemical test. Court records note three other pending charges in the case would be dismissed as part of the plea agreement, which was accepted.
Judge Sydnee Woods sentenced Kovanda to 1 year in the Hennepin County Workhouse but stayed that sentence for three years. Instead, he must serve 30 days of electronic home monitoring – however he did get two days of credit. In addition, he must serve three years of supervised probation and pay a $128 fine.
Kovanda was recently sentenced to 45 days of electronic home monitoring and a stayed sentence of 364 days in jail in the case involving the mistreatment of patients. That case stemmed from an initial charge of two counts of fifth-degree criminal sex conduct, after former patients leveled accusations against Kovanda.