Woman enters guilty plea in assault with Coke bottle case
WILLMAR -- Asha Ali Sanweyne, 25, of Minneapolis and formerly of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of third-degree assault for a December assault on a woman that involved hitting the woman over the head with a glass Coca-Cola bottle.
As part of a plea agreement entered in Kandiyohi County District Court, a felony second-degree assault charge and a misdemeanor assault charge will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Nov. 30 and will receive a stay of imposition on her sentence.
The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 to the 300 block of Fourth Street Southwest.
Officers arrived to find a woman standing on the sidewalk, screaming and bleeding heavily from a wound to her head. She was surrounded by a crowd of people. The woman was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
At the emergency room, medical personnel found two puncture wounds on her head and a 1-inch laceration just above her eye. She also had puncture wounds on her hand and abdomen and a 2-inch cut on her leg.
The woman said she had gone to Sanweyne's apartment to talk. She said Sayweyne hit her on the head with the bottle about five times, breaking it with the first blow. A friend confirmed the story, but said she hadn't actually seen the incident.
Officers responding to the apartment found scattered pieces of a bottle. Sayweyne said the woman came to talk with her, wouldn't leave when she asked and then choked her with her head covering. She said she hit the woman with a crutch and then with the bottle, but only once. Police officers examined her and found no signs of injury to her face or neck.