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Ely man sentenced to 25 years for rape, kidnapping

ELY, MN–An Ely man will spend more than 25 years behind bars after kidnapping and raping a teenager.

David Nielsen, 35, learned his sentence in St. Louis County Court this week.

In 2017, Nielsen took a teen to a gravel pit outside Ely, where he sexually assaulted her and threatened her with a knife.

Authorities say Nielsen and the teen are acquaintances.

Nielsen has a lengthy criminal record including domestic abuse, violation of order for protection and assault of a peace officer, all felony charges.

After his sentence is served, he will be put on supervised release.

Briggs LeSavage

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