A Duluth man with a violent criminal history has been convicted of a "brutal" assault on his wife that occurred just hours after he was released from prison this summer.
A St. Louis County jury on Friday found 46-year-old Daniel J. Kriesel guilty of three felony assault charges in the July 15 attack. Kriesel, who had spent much of the past decade in prison after being convicted of a 2008 shooting, reportedly bludgeoned and stabbed his wife with a lamp, vase and woodworking tool because he was upset that she was not home when he arrived home from prison, according to court documents.
The woman was in "extreme physical distress" when she stumbled out of the residence on the 500 block of North 22nd Avenue West and met with an officer after the assault, according to a criminal complaint. The Duluth Police Department had been called after a bystander heard screaming from the house.
The victim was "covered in blood," with both eyes swollen shut and part of an ear missing, according to the complaint. She had multiple additional lacerations and wounds to her face and throughout her body, authorities said.
The woman told police that she had attempted to shield her face with her hands as she was stabbed, punched and kicked by Kriesel, according to the complaint. She also reported to hospital staff that the defendant may have used a pencil to stab her.
Kriesel was to remain under supervision through next April after receiving a 140-month sentence in the 2008 shooting case. In that incident, he admitted to wounding 30-year-old David Goward Jr., an Iraq War veteran, at 907 E. Fifth St. on July 13, 2008.
Goward said at the time that he was shot point-blank by Kriesel, who he had just met, after he asked to see Goward's 9 mm semiautomatic pistol. Kriesel initially maintained the men were simply "playing" with the weapon and that the shooting was accidental, but he later admitted intent in pulling the trigger. Prosecutors dropped charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder in exchange for his plea in that case.
Kriesel had previously been released from prison under supervision, but was again incarcerated after racking up additional convictions for crimes including felony domestic assault, theft and driving while impaired.
The jury on Friday convicted Kriesel of first-degree assault, third-degree assault and felony domestic assault. Prosecutors dismissed four other counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Theresa Neo ordered a presentence investigation ahead of a Nov. 8 sentencing date. Kriesel is likely facing another substantial prison sentence, with first-degree assault carrying a maximum of 20 years.