Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – Olmsted County prosecutors have announced plans to seek an increased sentence in the case of the Dover man who was arrested earlier this week for assaulting two men in a bar wednesday evening.
The court petition argues that Joseph Martin, 31, poses a danger to public safety due to his violent criminal history and the vulnerability of the two victims of the recent assault at the Road Trip Bar. Prosecutors say that after Martin left the two stunned and defenseless by knocking them out with multiple punches to the head, he allegedly punched one of the men after he began to regain consciousness and continued to assault him. second man even after being knocked out.
Martin’s criminal history includes a 2014 conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct that resulted in a sentence of 7.5 years in prison. In this case, he was accused of having held a woman against her will and of having physically and sexually assaulted her. Court documents also indicate that he was convicted of third degree assault in 2019.
Martin was arraigned on Friday over a criminal complaint arising from Wednesday’s incident in Dover. He accuses him of two counts of assault in the third degree and of obstructing legal proceedings. His bond was set at $ 200,000.
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