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Willmar, Minn., man gets 20 years of probation for assault, burglary

WILLMAR — Eric Demond Bryson, 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 144 days in the county jail, a total of $1,250 in fines and 20 years of probation on felony charges of first-degree burglary and third-degree assault for breaking into a residence to assault a person last April and for attempting to stab a man last January.

As part of his sentence handed down by District Judge David L. Mennis in Kandiyohi County District Court, Bryson was given credit for 144 days already served and ordered to pay $1,127.27 in restitution, have no contact with either victim, follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment, not use or possess weapons, drugs or alcohol and he was ordered to cooperate with a cognitive skills program.

As part of a plea agreement reached earlier, the burglary charge was reduced to a lower-level felony and second- and fifth-degree assault charges was dismissed.

The burglary and fifth-degree assault charges were filed after April 10, 2012, when Willmar police were called to a home in the northeast quadrant of the city for a burglary. The caller reported that the suspects had fled on foot and gave the name of one of the men as “Brooklyn.”

The responding officer recognized that nickname as associated with Bryson. The victim reported that Bryson had kicked in the door of the house and assaulted her by pushing her into a wall. She said another man was with Bryson but did not participate in the assault and that the men left after she told them to get out of the house.

The second- and third-degree assault charges were filed after Jan. 13, 2012, when a man reported to Willmar police that he had been assaulted by Bryson at a Willmar residence. The man had a 2-inch cut on his finger that he had suffered when Bryson attempted to stab him.

The man reported that he had been assaulted by Bryson after the man questioned how Bryson was talking to a woman. He said Bryson raised a knife over his head, grabbed the man by the throat and attempted to stab him. The man suffered a cut on his finger in an attempt to gain control of a knife.

He left the home and went to the Rice Memorial Hospital emergency room, where he received eight sutures to close the wound.

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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