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Fillmore County District Court Report


Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
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On Monday, March 12, 2012, David John Nelson, 59 of Chester, Iowa, appeared before Judge Robert Benson at the Fillmore County Courthouse. Nelson was charged with Assault in the 3rd degree with substantial bodily harm, which has a maximum penalty of five years in jail, $10,000, or both. He was also charged with two counts of Assault in the 5th degree with fear of bodily harm or death, each with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail, $1,000, or both, and one count of disorderly conduct. These charges stem from an incident in which Nelson allegedly assaulted his brother, James Nelson. James Nelson reported to the police that his brother had allegedly assaulted him by shoving him, when he then fell against a barn, fracturing his ribs.

Nelson was released on his own recognizance, with $10,000 unconditional bail. His next court appearance is March 27, 2012.

Also appearing before Judge Benson was Leland Ronald Nelson, II, 25 of Spring Valley. Nelson was charged with two counts of malicious punishment of a child under the age of four, which has a maximum penalty of five years in jail, $10,000, or both. He was also charged with two counts of domestic assault, with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail, $1,000, or both, and two counts of Assault in the 5th degree. The charges came after an incident in which Nelson allegedly hurt a young child he was caring for, his girlfriend’s son. The child’s father brought him to the Olmsted Medical Center in Spring Valley when he found bruises on him.

Nelson was released on his own recognizance with $10,000 unconditional bail. He must have no contact with the victim or his siblings. His next appearance in court is April 9, 2012.

Patrick John Mulhern, 22 of Fountain, also appeared before Judge Benson on March 12. Mulhern was charged with Fleeing a Peace Officer in a motor vehicle, which has a maximum penalty of three years and one day in jail, $5,000, or both. He was also charged with a Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and a DWI with a blood alcohol level above .08. Both have a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail, $1,000, or both. There was also a charge for open bottle, with the same maximum penalty.

The charges stem from an incident on March 9, 2012, when Mulhern was allegedly driving his vehicle in the wrong lane. He also allegedly attempted to flee police by driving through a field with his lights off. His blood alcohol level was over .08, and he failed the field sobriety tests. There was allegedly an open can of beer in the vehicle as well.

Mulhern was released on his own recognizance with $12,000 unconditional bail. He must submit to electronic home monitoring with daily alcohol testing and not visit any bars. His next court appearance will be April 2, 2012.

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