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Mundem sentenced to lesser charge; assault charges dropped

A 47-year-old Nisswa area man, who was involved in a physical domestic assault March 21 at a residence near Lake Hubert in Lake Edward Township that resulted in a stand-off with law enforcement, Tuesday pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and the three assault charges against him were dismissed.

The charges filed in Crow Wing County District Court that were dismissed for Mark Anthony Mundem were second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, third-degree assault with substantial to cause bodily harm and one misdemeanor count of domestic assault.

Mundem — who was accused of causing head, jaw, arms and rib area injuries to his wife — pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor of obstruction of the legal process, interfering with peace officers.

Judge David Ten Eyck sentenced Mundem to 30 days in jail and then two years on supervised probation. Conditions of Mundem’s release on probation would be that he completes a chemical assessment, he cannot purchase, possess or consume alcohol or controlled substance use, random testing, cannot enter bars or liquor stores and remain law abiding.

If Mundem violates the conditions of his release he will face one year in prison.

When Crow Wing County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence on March 21 they saw Mundem in possession of a hand gun. Deputies were able to remove his wife from the home and she was transported to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd for non-life-threatening injuries.

Mundem was threatening his own life, so deputies backed off and the tactical team was called in to begin negotiations with the man. Negotiations were held and after a period of time Mundem surrendered and was taken into custody.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at