Blue Earth Football Player Pleads Guilty to Charges Relating to Assault of Teammate

June 04, 2018 07:02 PM

The video above originally aired in January

One of the four Blue Earth High School football players charged in connection to an October attack on a teammate that left the player unconscious has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting assault and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.


Court records show the pleas were filed Monday morning.

RELATED: Blue Earth Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Aiding and Abetting in Felony Assault

As part of a plea agreement, Dalton Lee Nagel, 18, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting assault-third-degree substantial bodily harm, a felony, and criminal sexual conduct-fifth degree-nonconsensual contact, a gross misdemeanor.

Nagel had pleaded not guilty to the aiding and abetting charge back in March. The fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge was added Monday.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 9. Tonya and Dale Hurley, Colin's parents, were in court Monday to see Nagel plead guilty.

"Obviously we knew and have always known the truth, but we needed to hear it out of his mouth," Tonya said.

"Ever since this happened, people have tried to deny it, or minimize it, or 'this didn't happen,' or 'that didn't happen,' or even justify what happened, and now there is no justification," Dale added.


Wyatt Eugene Tungland, of Frost, is charged with third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm and aiding and abetting third-degree assault - both felonies. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 27.

Two juveniles allegedly involved were also charged with third-degree assault and aiding and abetting. 

The Hurley's said the incident and its aftermath have had a profound effect on their family. Dale and Colin moved to Nebraska in January, citing backlash from some parts of the Blue Earth community. Tonya plans to make the move as well later this week.

"It feels so much more like my son was the one that was punished, and our family," she said.

RELATED: Blue Earth Student Assault Divides Community; School Board Works to Build Trust

According to the original criminal complaint, police were notified Tungland had assaulted Colin Hurley, a former teammate on the Blue Earth Area football team, allegedly knocking him unconscious at a party in Winnebago on or about Oct. 19 of last year. Police interviewed several juveniles and created a list of persons of interest. 

Witnesses told police Tungland reportedly punched Hurley while Nagel and two others allegedly held him down. 

Hurley told police he had been in a fight with one of the juveniles, who had held him down prior to the fight. He told investigators he was attacked, pushed down and punched in the face at the party before he became unconscious, according to the criminal complaint.

Hurley showed up to football practice with his face swollen and bruised, the complaint says. He told police the juvenile with whom he was in a fight showed him a video of the attack and there was more to it. 

Hurley's father said he has moved his son to Nebraska, telling KSTP his family just couldn't get back to normal following the incident.


Frank Rajkowski

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