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Duluth man pleads not guilty to brutal domestic assault

DULUTH, MN– A Duluth man pleaded not guilty to felony domestic assault Tuesday after allegedly beating a woman with several household items on the same day he was released from prison.

Daniel Kriesel, 45, did not appear in the St. Louis County courtroom for the morning hearing, but his attorney demanded a speedy trial.

According to court documents, a witness called police around 6:30 p.m. Monday to report that he heard screaming on the 500 block of North 22nd Avenue West. A police spokesperson later classified the call as a “domestic disturbance.”

When police arrived, they saw a woman stumbling out of a home covered in blood and and in “extreme physical distress”.

Court records show she was taken to the hospital to be treated for several significant injuries, which included: deep cuts to her face, a partially amputated ear, cuts to her legs, puncture wounds to her hands, swollen-shut eyes, and more.

According to court documents, the victim told police that Kriesel allegedly used a lamp, a vase, and some kind of woodworking tool along with his fists during the attack.

She also told police that Kriesel had just been released from prison that morning and was “very upset” when he returned home and she was not there.

It’s unclear what Kriesel had been most recently serving time for, but he has a lengthy criminal history.

In 2017, he was convicted of felony domestic assault. In 2008, he was charged with first-degree murder, which was later dismissed in court and reverted to robbery and felony assault charge. He also has several drunk driving and burglary charges.

His trial is set for October.

Briggs LeSavage

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