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Bird Island, Minn., man gets 68 months in stabbing case

WILLMAR — Michael Jon Underland, 29, of Bird Island, was sentenced Monday to 68 months in prison on a felony second-degree assault charge for stabbing a man in the abdomen in February 2012 at a rural Spicer residence.

As part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court, Underland was given credit for 282 days already served in custody and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and $587.42 in restitution.

Spilseth also ordered that additional restitution be reserved in the case.

Underland was found guilty in a one-day jury trial of the second-degree count and a third-degree assault count. No sentence was pronounced for the third-degree charge.

The charges were filed after Feb. 5, 2012, when county dispatch received a call that a woman was driving to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, transporting a man who had been stabbed at a party.

A sheriff’s deputy loca-ted the man in the emergency room.

He had suffered a single stab wound that required surgery.

The man said he had gone to a home along 97th Avenue Northeast after the bar closed.

He said he and Underland argued on and off and that Underland threatened him and brandished a pocket knife.

The man said he then took the knife from Underland.

He added that he had another argument with Underland some time later , at which point Underland stabbed him with a different knife.

The woman who drove the man to the hospital and another person reported witnessing the argument and Underland stabbing the man.

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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