Litchfield man goes to prison for violating probation on felony domestic assault conviction

A Litchfield man is in prison for violating probation on a 2018 sentence for felony domestic assault.

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LITCHFIELD β€” A Litchfield man was sentenced to prison Thursday for violating his probation on a 2018 conviction for felony domestic assault.

The 27-month prison sentence that was stayed when Justin Don Dechon, 31, was sentenced in 2018 was imposed in Meeker County District Court. He was given credit for 260 days, more than eight months, that he served in jail as a condition of his stayed sentence.

Dechon was also ordered to pay $170 in court costs and fines, to be taken from his prison wages.

Dechon was arrested on a probation violation earlier this year.

Under state law, he must serve at least two-thirds of his sentence in custody and may serve the remainder on supervised release.


The conviction for felony domestic assault grew out of an incident in which he assaulted two women.

He was initially charged with four felonies for domestic assault and one charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. All but one of the felonies were dismissed when he pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.

According to court records, in October 2017 authorities were called to a Litchfield home where Dechon had allegedly assaulted two women.

The women said Dechon had pushed open a door, causing one woman to fall to the floor. When the other woman became angry, he punched her twice in the face, cutting her lip.

The assaults were said to have grown out of a disagreement over chili.

Dechon was also convicted of felony domestic assault by strangulation in May 2016 and gross misdemeanor domestic assault in March 2016.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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