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. 

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