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Man pleads to first-degree assault charge in stabbing

LITCHFIELD -- Nels Clarence Bonde, 24, of Dassel, pleaded guilty Monday to a first-degree assault charge for stabbing and choking a woman during a May 4 incident at a rural Litchfield residence.

Bonde will be sentenced Oct. 18 in Meeker County District Court.

The charge, along with a second-degree a-ttempted murder count and a second-degree charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, were filed after Meeker County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a rural Litchfield home on a report that a 25-year-old woman had been stabbed by Bonde.

According to the complaint, Bonde and another man went to the residence on May 1 to visit the woman and a man who also lived there. While they were at the home, some money was found to be missing and the woman suspected Bonde or her roommate.

Late on May 3, Bonde came to the home and spoke with the woman about the missing money, then left her room to talk to the other resident. The woman reported that she awoke to find Bonde on top of her and stabbing her. She was stabbed in the neck, chest and abdomen, but was able to get the knife away from Bonde and throw the weapon under the bed.

In addition to stabbing the woman, Bonde also punched and kicked her and choked her to the point where she almost passed out. The complaint notes that Bonde suddenly stopped attacking the woman and gave the woman her cell phone so that she could call 911.

The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for numerous stab wounds, extreme swelling of the throat area, a broken nose and other injuries. Deputies found a large knife under the woman's bed and located and arrested Bonde, who was still at the residence.

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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