Man gets probation in domestic assault case

Published 8:41 pm Friday, June 1, 2018

An Albert Lea man charged in a domestic incident in February was placed on probation for two years Friday in Freeborn County District Court.

Dakota Edwards

Dakota Garrett Edwards, 20, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor 911 interference in April. Judge Steven Schwab ordered Edwards to not use alcohol or controlled substances and not to possess alcohol or drugs, submit to random testing, undergo domestic abuse counseling/treatment and follow other court requirements.

One year of his probation is scheduled to be supervised, while the second year will be unsupervised.

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Edwards was sentenced to four days in jail and was given credit for four days served.

Court documents state Edwards was charged after officers were dispatched Feb. 2 to an Albert Lea address regarding a domestic assault.

After officers arrived, the victim said Edwards assaulted her and broke items in the house.

Charging documents state Edwards allegedly grabbed the woman by her neck and squeezed, causing red marks, and threatened to kill her. The charge Edwards pleaded guilty to did not include the allegation.

Edwards initially admitted getting into an argument with the alleged victim but denied touching her. He admitted taking her cellphone when he learned she planned to call law enforcement, damaging the house and yelling at the woman.

Edwards was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault, but those charges were dismissed.

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