Another Winnebago Assault Suspect Makes Plea In Court
Another teen who was involved in an alleged assault in Winnebago appeared in court.
Blake Barnett faced one count of assault in the third degree and one count of aiding and abetting assault. He pleaded guilty to the felony assault charge in exchange for getting the aiding charge dismissed. His plea is conditional on the fact that he refrains from alcohol and drug use, continues community service, takes part in an anger management course and writes a letter of apology to the victim.
With his plea of guilty Barnett was required to answer questions about the night of the alleged assault which took place after a Blue Earth Area football game in October of 2017. Barnett, was 17 at the time of the alleged incident, which involved six other people: Wyatt Tungland, Dalton Nagel and four unnamed juveniles, all members of the Blue Earth Area football team. Nagel has plead guilty to one count of aiding and abetting assault in the third degree and one count of 5th degree criminal sexual conduct.
Barnett admitted to drinking that night and punching the victim in the face twice after the victim, who was intoxicated, refused to throw up in a waste basket.
He also told the court the victim lost consciousness at some point during the beating. Following his court appearance, Barnett gave his statement about the night of the assault to the assistant county attorney of Faribault County and the Winnebago police. His next court date, a pre-disposition hearing will take place in September.
--KEYC News 12