Bemidji man sentenced to probation for assault charge

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– A Bemidji man was sentenced to probation for his involvement in an assault last September that left its victim with severe injuries including a fractured skull.

According to court documents, 36-year-old James Penn was convicted of aiding and abetting assault and sentenced to a five year stayed prison term last week.

The criminal complaint states that multiple people were involved with the assault, by witness statement three or four, and only two were charged; Penn and 24-year-old Sean Sills, who was convicted of assault and also sentenced to a five year probation sentence. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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