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Stabbing suspect sentenced

A 21-year-old Alexandria man who was arrested after a stabbing this past December was sentenced to 18 months in prison and one year in jail.

Joshua James Baumann initially faced four assault charges of varying degrees and one count of making terroristic threats, all felonies.

He pleaded guilty to one of the charges, third-degree assault of causing substantial bodily harm, and was sentenced by Judge David Battey on April 25.

Baumann’s prison sentence was stayed for five years and he received credit for the 133 days he has already spent in jail. He was also fined $500 but may be allowed to pay off the fine through community work service.

Several conditions were attached to the stayed prison sentence. Baumann must submit to random drug and alcohol testing; supply a DNA sample; is not allowed to possess or use alcohol, drugs or firearms; take anger management classes; complete a chemical assessment; follow the recommendations of his evaluation; and have no contact with the victim and another person who was at the scene of the stabbing.

He will remain on supervised probation for five years.

The case stems from a stabbing that happened during a fight on December 14, 2013 in a parking lot in the 1700 block of 6th Avenue East between Baumann and Patrick Sandgren, 21, of Alexandria.

Sandgren was upset with Baumann because of the way he was talking and treating others at the scene, according to police. During the course of the fight, Sandgren was stabbed multiple times. He was taken to the Douglas County Hospital, transferred to the St. Cloud Hospital and later released.

Baumann fled the scene and was later apprehended in Sauk Centre by the Sauk Centre Police Department and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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