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Local woman is sentenced on charges in finger-biting, forgery case

WILLMAR -- A 31-year-old Willmar woman was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in jail, which was stayed, a $50 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.

Dominga Pascacio-Sanchez, who is also known as Rosa Isabel Aquino-Ruiz, was also sentenced to serve 65 days in jail, with credit for 65 days served, and ordered to cooperate with agents from the Federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The sentence was handed down by Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court.

She was also sentenced to 90 days in jail and a $50 fine on a misdemeanor assault charge, which was reduced from a first-degree felony assault charge as part of a plea agreement reached Oct. 6. That charge stemmed from an Aug. 24 fight at a local club.

Sanchez was charged after Willmar police responded to an early morning incident at the Double D Club on Lakeland Drive in Willmar in which a woman had tip of her finger bitten off. The woman was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, where medical staff determined that the fingertip could not be reattached.

The woman told officers she was at the club with a friend who was concerned that Sanchez was making moves on her husband.

An argument ensued and the woman said Sanchez grabbed her hand, put the finger in her mouth and bit down.

Another woman at the club said Sanchez was jumped by five girls as she exited the restroom and that she was punched and grabbed in the face before she bit the woman's finger.

The forgery charges were filed after Sanchez told police she worked for three months at Jennie-O Turkey Store under the Rosa Isabel Aquino-Ruiz alias. Information from the state Department of Vehicle Services and Jennie-O confirmed the statement. Sanchez said she was from Guerrero, Mexico, and was in the country illegally.