Forum News Service, Published October 23 2013
Man jailed for assault with coffee cupBEMIDJI, Minn. — A Cass Lake man has been sentenced to 60 days in the Beltrami County Jail for stabbing a man with a coffee mug.
Mark Daniel Cree, 28, assaulted David Richard Cole, 27, of Red Lake, on Oct. 9 in Bemidji, according to court documents.
According to a Bemidji Police Department incident report, the two men became engaged in an argument after they had thrown up Gangster Disciples gang signs.
At one point during the argument, Cree became upset and struck Cole in the head with a coffee mug. The mug shattered and Cree used the mug’s handle to stab Cole in the leg.
Bemidji police officers responded to a report of a man, Cole, seeking medical attention at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center emergency room early on Oct. 10. Cree was located at a Bemidji residence later that day.
Cree was charged with one count of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. He pleaded guilty Monday to gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.
Cree was sentenced to a total of 365 days, of which he must serve 60 days. The remaining sentence is stayed for two years while he is on supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.