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Two sentenced to prison for domestic assault

Two individuals convicted of felony domestic assault in different Mower County cases were sentenced to prison last week. Judge Kevin Siefken issued both sentences.

Robyn Kay Halverson

Robyn Kay Halverson, 63

Robyn Kay Halverson, 63, of Pine Island was sentenced to 24 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee on Friday in Mower County District Court. She received credit for 170 days served.

Court documents state a woman contacted Mower County Dispatch on Sept. 27 regarding a welfare check on an adult male.

She advised that she had been on a phone with the man and believed he had been in an altercation with Halverson. She also said she believed Halverson was intoxicated.

Police went to a residence in the 400 block of First Street Southwest and observed Halverson and the man through a window. They made contact with the man, who said he and Halverson were arguing because he was speaking with another woman (the reporting party) on the phone. He said it escalated to the point that Halverson leaned over and bit him on the cheek.

Police observed a large, circular red injury on the man’s cheek. The officers were aware that Halverson had assaulted him on previous occasions.

Officers made contact with Halverson, who was highly intoxicated. She admitted to arguing with the man, but denied biting him, saying she did not know how he got the mark on his cheek and that no one else who could have caused the bite mark was in the house.

A review of Halverson’s criminal history shows multiple convictions for domestic abuse as well as convictions for disorderly conduct, interfering with a 911 call, criminal damage to property, harassing phone calls and violating an order for protection.

Deandre Darnell Bradley

Deandre Darnell Bradley, 32

Deandre Darnell Bradley, 32, of Austin was sentenced to 26 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud on Thursday in Mower County District Court. He received credit for 144 days served.

A charge of gross misdemeanor interfere with an emergency call was dismissed at the sentencing as part of a plea agreement reached on Jan. 24.

Court documents state Mower County Dispatch received a call on Nov. 9 from a Minnesota Department of Corrections agent who reported a female had called him and said Bradley was assaulting her. Officers were dispatched to the victim’s residence in the 500 block of 18th Street Southeast and made contact with the victim and Bradley.

The victim said a fight started after she went through Bradley’s phone while he was “passed out drunk” and saw that he had been communicating with another female. When she confronted him, she claimed he became enraged and punched her several times. When she tried to call someone for help, she said Bradley kept swatting her phone, but she said she was able to defend herself long enough to get to her car and call his parole officer.

Police observed the victim’s face was red and swollen. The victim also complained of “seeing stars” during the assault.

Police detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Bradley, who denied knowledge of the victim’s injuries and said there were “other people” in the house. Police tried to get Bradley to take a preliminary breath test, but he refused, saying he had not been drinking.

A review of Bradley’s criminal history shows prior convictions for domestic assault and violating no contact orders.

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