Northfield man sentenced 8 years in torturing disabled man
KSPT TV reported one of five people accused of luring a disabled Lakeville man and beating him plead guilty Tuesday for the brutal October attacks.
John Maxwell Maniglia, 20, of Northfield, pled guilty to third-degree assault, kidnapping, and theft Tuesday morning in Dakota County District in connection to a series of violent crimes against Justin Hamilton, 24, of Lakeville the Star Tribune said.
Maniglia and four other others were charged in connection with beating and torturing Hamilton on two separate occasions of Oct. 10 and 11 of last year. Hamilton, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, was lured by Maniglia, Natasha Dahn, Jonathon Diepold, John Ketterling and Glen Ries to a rural area in Waterford Township and tortured him for hours, police said.
The beatings were initiated after Dahn, 16, told Maniglia that Hamilton assaulted her. Dahn plead guilty last November to four felonies and received juvenile detention, the Star Tribune said.
The Star Tribune reported Diepold, 21, of Northfield, faces 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, assault and robbery. Ries, 33, also of Northfield, faces five counts on similar charges and has been fired from working with disabled adults in Northfield. Ketterling, 21, of Prior Lake, is charged with false imprisonment, theft and third-degree assault.
Judge Timothy Wermerger told KSPT Maniglia will serve eight years in prison, which is double the usual punishment based on unusual cruelty.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Maniglia’s sentenced was doubled because Hamilton is still suffering emotional distress from the torture. He has since recovered from the physical injuries including deep cuts, bruises, cuts, burns and two broken ribs.
Officials told KSPT Maniglia is a member of the Minnesota National Guard. His full sentencing is scheduled for June 15, KSPT said.