A Dassel man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for stabbing a woman at a rural Litchfield residence in May.
24-year-old Nels Clarence Bonde was sentenced in Meeker County District Court Thursday to 130 months in prison on a first-degree assault charge for stabbing the 25-year-old woman on May 4th.
The West Central Tribune reports Bonde was also ordered to pay a $50 fine and just over $7,000 in restitution from his prison earnings. He was given credit for 166 days already served in custody.
As part of a plea agreement, charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon were dismissed in return for a plea to the first-degree assault charge and the 130-month sentence.
According to the complaint, Bonde and another man went to the residence on May 1st to visit the woman and a man who also lived there. While they were at the home, some money was found to be missing and the woman suspected Bonde or her roommate. Late on May 3rd, Bonde went to the home and spoke with the woman about the missing money, then left her room to talk to the other resident.
The woman reported that she awoke to find Bonde on top of her and stabbing her. She was stabbed in the neck, chest and abdomen, but was able to get the knife away from Bonde and throw the weapon under the bed.
Bonde also punched and kicked her and choked her to the point where she almost passed out.
The complaint notes that Bonde suddenly stopped attacking the woman and gave the woman her cellphone so that she could call 911.
The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for numerous stab wounds, extreme swelling of the throat area, a broken nose and other injuries.