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Willmar man gets a year in prison for stabbing teen

WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old Willmar man was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison on a third-degree assault charge for stabbing a juvenile male on Jan. 15.

David Hernandez was also ordered to pay a $50 fine as part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court. As part of a plea agreement, a second-degree assault charge was dismissed. Restitution in the case was reserved for 30 days. He was given credit for 101 days already served in jail.

The charges were filed after Willmar police officers were called around 9:15 p.m. Jan. 15 to the emergency room at Rice Memorial Hospital.

A juvenile male, who was being treated there for a stab wound to his arm, said he was stabbed by Hernandez during an argument over a woman. He said Hernandez had also attempted to stab him in the chest.

Officers spoke with the woman and another woman, who said the juvenile and Hernandez had argued and got into a fist fight. They said Hernandez then stabbed the victim with a knife and ran off.

Another police officer had contact with Hernandez soon after the stabbing near the residence.

During a search, the officer discovered the knife. Hernandez, however, was allowed to leave the scene as the police department had yet to receive the stabbing report.

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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