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Grand Rapids man pleads guilty in March stabbing case

A Grand Rapids man pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Monday in the March 25 stabbing of his brother in a Grand Rapids home. Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar said Kalin Vaughn William Wenell-Jack, 31, entered the guilty plea after rea...

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Kalin Vaughn William Wenell-Jack

A Grand Rapids man pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Monday in the March 25 stabbing of his brother in a Grand Rapids home.

Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar said Kalin Vaughn William Wenell-Jack, 31, entered the guilty plea after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. He faces an anticipated sentence of 10 years in prison, according to a news release from Muhar's office.

Charges of attempted murder, tampering with a witness, domestic assault and false imprisonment, as well as one count of assault, were dropped.

It was alleged that Wenell-Jack stabbed his brother repeatedly in the chest, stomach, arms and hands and threatened to kill his brother and a witness if they called police. Grand Rapids police were called to a residence in the 900 block of Northwest Eighth Street early on the morning of March 25 to a report of a stabbing.

The victim was taken to the Grand Itasca Hospital emergency room and later transferred to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center for treatment of his wounds, police said.

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Court records show Wenell-Jack has a lengthy criminal history in Minnesota, including convictions for felony drug possession and felony robbery.

The recommended sentence exceeds that of Minnesota sentencing guidelines and the plea agreement is subject to court approval, according to the news release.

A sentencing hearing is set for 2 p.m. Aug. 31. Wenell-Jack is being held in the Itasca County Jail.

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