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Woman gets probation, community service for Coke bottle assault

WILLMAR -- Asha Ali Sanweyne, 25, of Minneapolis and formerly of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to three years of probation and 80 hours of community service on a felony charge of third-degree assault for a December 2008 assault.

Sanweyne struck another woman over the head with a glass Coca-Cola bottle.

As part of the sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Sanweyne was ordered to serve six days in county jail, with credit for six days served. Restitution was reserved for 30 days.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony second-degree assault charge and a misdemeanor assault charge was dismissed and received 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. 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 told officers 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.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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