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Willmar man sentenced for stabbing two men during fight

WILLMAR -- Mario Armando Brena, 21, of Willmar was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, 80 days in the county jail, five years of probation and $550 in fines on two third-degree assault charges for stabbing two men during a fight in August.

As part of his sentence handed do-wn in Kand-iyohi County District Co-urt, Brena was ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and pay $2,223 in restitution on one of the two counts. Restitution was ordered reserved for 30 days on the other count.

Brena pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to the two charges, which were reduced from second-degree after he entered a Norgaard plea. Under a Norgaard plea, a defendant admits he was too impaired by alcohol to recall the incident for which he is charged. As part of a sentencing agreement, Brena will be released to ICE officials.

The charges were filed after Willmar police officers were called around 1:10 a.m. Aug. 15 to the 1200 block of Becker Avenue Southeast.

Officers arrived to find a large group of people, including two men who had been stabbed.

Both men were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for treatment of their injuries.

One of the men was interviewed at the hospital and said he became involved in a fight between Brena and the other stabbing victim. He said he was unaware Brena had a weapon, but realized he'd been cut after Brena fled the scene.

The man suffered a puncture wound to his right biceps and large slice wounds on his left elbow. The other man who was stabbed suffered a deep wound in his arm.

A witness told officers there was a fight among several women and that one of the men who suffered stab wounds had attempted to break up the fight. It was then Brena became involved.

Both injured men identified Brena in photo lineups.

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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