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McDonald sentenced to 21 months to second-degree assault charge

The 22-year-old Pillager man, charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree damage to property relating to a domestic dispute March 11, was sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison, with seven years of supervised probation in Crow Wing County District Court.

Codey John McDonald will spend his 21-month sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. Judge Richard Zimmerman set the following conditions for McDonald’s seven years of supervised probation that include: Complete of a chemical assessment, remain law abiding, use no firearms, cannot vote, complete an anger management assessment, have no contact with victims, cannot purchase, use, possess or consume alcohol or any controlled substance, cannot enter a bar or liquor establishment and be assessed for random testing and searches.

Zimmerman dismissed the first-degree damage to property charge.

According to the criminal complaint filed against McDonald, he was involved in a domestic dispute March 11 that evolved into a road rage incident stretching from Pillager to Baxter. The incident ended when McDonald’s pick-up rammed his girlfriend’s Honda into a ditch on Highway 210, causing it to leave the roadway and go into the ditch, where it struck a fiber optics utility box causing damage estimated to be in excess of $100,000.

The complaint stated the female driver said McDonald had assaulted her at their Pillager home and she fled the house in her vehicle in an attempt to get away. McDonald subsequently chased after her in his pickup. She said McDonald hit the back of her vehicle between Pillager and Baxter, at which point she increased her speed and began to pass other vehicles in an attempt to get away from him.

A second witness followed McDonald back to his Pillager home, where officers later found him hiding in the attic of his home. He was arrested and transported to the Crow Wing County Jail.

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