Albert Lea man pleads guilty in stabbing case

Published 9:33 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017

An Albert Lea man who reportedly stabbed another man earlier this year during an argument pleaded guilty Tuesday in Freeborn County District Court.

Travis Larsen

Travis Anthony Larsen, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault.

Court documents state Larsen was charged after law enforcement officers were dispatched at about 5:19 a.m. April 8 to an address on Lynwood Drive. Officers received information that two people were fighting and someone was bleeding from a cut in the neck.

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A sergeant performed first aid on the victim, who had sustained a severe, deep laceration to the chin area.

Larsen reportedly told the sergeant he thought the victim had called him a derogatory word.

The victim denied the claim. After insisting the victim had called him the name, Larsen swung the knife, cutting the person’s face.

Court documents state the victim said Larsen shoved him in the chest and went into the kitchen. Larsen confronted him about calling him the derogatory word — which he denied — before cutting him in a quick slashing move.

An approximately foot-long, fully-serrated knife with a black plastic handle with blood on it, allegedly used in the attack, was found on a stovetop in the residence.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4. A second count of second-degree assault is expected to be dismissed.

He is expected to receive three years in prison.

In a separate case, Larsen has a probation violation hearing Jan. 4. 

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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