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Felony assault charge dropped against Alexandria man

The charge of felony second degree assault was dismissed against Judd Hoff for the reason of prosecutorial discretion, according to a court document.

Judd Hoff
Judd Hoff
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ALEXANDRIA — A felony assault charge against an Alexandria man, who is in prison after he was found guilty of a separate assault, was dismissed on Thursday, Jan. 20.

The charge of felony second-degree assault was dismissed against Judd Hoff for the reason of "prosecutorial discretion," according to a court document. This is one of the powers a prosecuting attorney has, along with choosing whether or not to bring criminal charges, deciding the nature of charges, plea bargaining and sentencing reommendations.

The charge carried a maximum sentence of 7 years imprisonment and/or a $14,000 fine, and stemmed from an incident that took place in September 2020.

According to the statement of probable cause, two men stopped on Park Street in Alexandria to look at Hoff's car, which had an upside-down American flag mounted on the roof, and a thin-blue-line flag tucked in its rear bumper, dragging on the ground.

The statement read that Hoff then came running out of a house yelling at one of the men, and during the ensuing conversation became angry and reached into his vehicle and pulled out a machete.

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One of the men said that while he was sitting in his truck, Hoff walked toward him waving the machete around, attempting to intimidate him before Hoff got in his own vehicle and left the scene, the statement read.

Hoff was later arrested for second degree assault, the statement read.

In November, Hoff was sentenced to 13 months at the correctional facility in St. Cloud for one count of felony second degree assault, stemming from a separate incident, which also involved a machete, in August 2020.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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