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St. Peter Man Charged in Mankato Fight Free on Bail, will Argue Self Defense

Updated: 05/15/2014 7:36 AM
Created: 05/14/2014 6:09 AM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A man accused of punching a former Minnesota State, Mankato, football player in the head and knocking him to the ground is free on bail.

Police arrested 21-year-old Trevor Shelley of St. Peter on Monday, hours after they released surveillance video showing a man in a red shirt running from the scene in downtown Mankato. According to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday, witnesses identified Shelley as the man suspected of punching 24-year-old Isaac Dallas Kolstad and knocking him to the ground.          

Shelley has been charged with both first and third-degree assault. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines on the first-degree charge and up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the third-degree charge.

The complaint says Shelley told police that he didn't hit anyone.

A judge set his bail at $20,000. Shelley was released from jail Wednesday afternoon and had no comment. He is due back in court May 22.

Defense attorney Michael Padden said they'll argue self-defense.

Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson is already charged with two felony assault counts; he allegedly kicked Kolstad in the head.

Kolstad's family said on its CaringBridge website that a surgery Kolstad had on Tuesday morning went well. He was still in critical condition as of Wednesday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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