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Man gets 45 months for kidnapping, assault

A St. Paul man has been sentenced for second-degree assault in connection with the Oct. 19, 2008 assault and kidnapping of a 22-year-old Naytahwaush man.

Richard Eugene Stone, 32, of 597 Thomas, St. Paul, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in prison by Becker County District Court Judge Joseph Evans.

A second felony charge of kidnapping was dismissed. Stone was one of two men allegedly involved in the attack.

According to court records, the victim, Dallas Lovejoy, was beaten severely, had his hands and feet bound with duct tape and was beaten by the two men with a variety of objects, including clubs, bottles and possibly a pool cue and gun.

An anonymous tip alerted White Earth tribal police officers that an assault was occurring in the basement of the house, but the victim and suspects were gone when police arrived.

The suspects had apparently been alerted by listening to a police scanner, and put the victim into the back of a Ford Explorer, then took off.

A deputy found the Explorer overturned on County Road 133, sometimes called "Government Road," which has steep embankments and runs through a wooded, swampy area.

At the crash site, the deputy heard a man in the back of the Explorer and found the victim, still bound with duct tape.

He was subsequently treated at St. Mary's Innovis Health for a broken nose, and required multiple stitches and staples to secure wounds to his head and face.

On Wednesday, Evans sentenced Stone to 45 months in prison, with credit for 130 days served in jail. He must pay a $50 fine and court fees out of his prison earnings.

He was ordered to have no contact with the victim and agreed to testify truthfully against the co-defendant in the case, Jeremy James Potter, 37.