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Man sentenced for punching coach

WILLMAR -- A Willmar man was sentenced to serve seven days in jail and five years of supervised probation for assaulting a West Central Broncos coach in February.

WILLMAR - A Willmar man was sentenced to serve seven days in jail and five years of supervised probation for assaulting a West Central Broncos coach in February.
Keante Resheed Johnson, 25, could have the felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes his probation. A misdemeanor fifth-degree assault charge was dismissed.
Judge Donald Spilseth set a nine-day sentence with credit for two days already served. Fifteen-day jail sentences were also set for December, March 2016, June 2016 and September 2016.
Each of those could be deferred if Johnson is complying with the conditions of his probation and is current with restitution payments.
The terms of his probation include no possession of firearms, completing cognitive skills evaluations and writing a letter of apology.
Johnson was ordered to pay $11,926.62 in restitution at the rate of $210 a month. Additional court fees bring the total he owes to $12,711.62.
Johnson earlier admitted in court that he struck coach Steve Peppin in the face during the football teamโ€™s practice at the National Guard Armory in an argument over position assignments. The Broncos are a minor league/semi-pro team with the Northern States Football League.
Law enforcement reported that Peppin suffered significant injuries resulting from the Feb. 8 assault.
Peppin reportedly was transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale for jaw surgery.

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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: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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