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Alexandria man faces assault charges

James Sletten

An Alexandria man is facing five felony charges for an incident that happened in Nelson on Tuesday, September 15.

James Elroy Sletten, 45, of Alexandria is facing two charges of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, one charge of third degree assault, one charge of false imprisonment, and one charge of domestic assault by strangulation. All charges are felony level.

On September 15, a female reported that Sletten had assaulted her at a home in Nelson after they had been out drinking at multiple bars. According to the police report, she stated that Sletten would not let her leave the residence, including that at one point he dragged her inside and broke her phone so she couldn’t call for help. The police report also states that the victim reported Sletten holding a knife to her throat and threatening to kill her.

According to the report, the victim had visible injuries on her face and back. After being examined by a medical professional, it was determined that the victim had suffered a ruptured tympanic membrane, which resulted in the loss of hearing in her left ear, as well as a fractured rib.

When deputies spoke with Sletten, he admitted to hitting the suspect, as well as dragging her inside, not letting her leave, and grabbing her around the neck.

If convicted, Sletten could be facing up to 28 years in prison and/or $54,000 in fines. As of September 16, Sletten’s next court date had not yet been scheduled.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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