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Forum News Service, Published July 13 2013

Man sentenced in Minnesota hammer attack

RED WING, Minn. – Daniel David Yennie walked to the front of a courtroom Friday in Goodhue County District Court just before his attacker, Jonathan Lee Closner, was sentenced to 212 months in prison as his sister Nicole Yennie-Drake read a victim impact statement on his behalf: “I shouldn't have to learn (how to walk and talk) again,” the statement read. “I can't hold a conversation. I spend most of my time listening. But my will was not taken from me.”

Yennie, 21, was severely injured about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 14 after Closner, 26, entered his estranged wife's residence in Zumbrota. After grabbing a hammer, he saw his wife and Yennie asleep in bed. Closner hit Yennie several times in the head, a beating that would put Yennie in a coma for four days. Doctors have said he may not walk or talk again.

Closner, of Zumbrota, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder April 1. As a result, Clark formally dismissed six other charges, including two first-degree attempted murder charges and one first-degree assault charge.

The 212-month prison sentence had been outlined in a plea agreement.