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Man to serve 21 months for repeatedly punching woman

GRANITE FALLS — A Mankato man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for repeatedly punching a woman in the face, breaking her nose and causing other injuries, while a 3-year-old child watched.

Earlier this year, Meynardo Salinas-Rios pleaded guilty to a felony charge of assault in the third degree — substantial bodily harm.

A felony charge of domestic assault and a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment were dismissed.

According to the complaint, police were notified May 20 of an assault happening in a parked car in Granite Falls.

Police saw Salinas-Rios throw multiple closed-fist punches in rapid succession and heard a woman screaming for help.

Police reached into the vehicle, grabbed Salinas-Rios by the collar and pulled him off the woman.

In an interview with police at the hospital, the woman said Salinas-Rios started beating her a year earlier, including choking her with a belt. The assaults escalated into full body beatings, according to the report.

During the May 20 incident, the woman said Salinas-Rios had been beating her throughout the day while they drove to Granite Falls from Mankato and he had threatened to kill her and leave her in the ditch.

During the assault, the woman said her child was in the back seat of the vehicle, crying and shouting "Stop hitting my momma."

Judge Dwayne Knutsen sentenced Salinas-Rios to 21 months in prison.

He was given credit for 73 days already served.

In 2010, Salinas-Rios was convicted of a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for contact with a child under the age of 13.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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