Prison Sentence In Violent Rochester Domestic Assault Case
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Rochester man who was convicted earlier this year in a domestic assault and stalking case has been sentenced to prison.
Sentenced in Olmsted County Court Friday was 31-year-old Karlwin Richards, who was given a 10-year term.
Richards was charged last November with 21 counts that included domestic assault, stalking, and violating no-contact orders. He was convicted of most of them by a jury in March.
Richards was arrested last November after police were called to the apartment where the victim lived with Richards after a neighbor reported seeing her in the hallway suffering from head and other injuries. The officers eventually found the victim, who was suffering from significant injuries and was taken to the hospital.
The criminal complaint says an officer observed the woman "had two black, swollen eyes, and was bruised all over her face and had multiple lumps on her forehead." The officer also observed what appeared to be a boot mark on her upper arm and bruising on other parts of her body. Investigators also reported that a security camera video also showed Richard throwing the victim to the ground and punching her.
Richards had previously been ordered not to have any contact with the woman after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting her last January. He also has seven domestic violence-related convictions on his criminal record dating back five years.
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