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Man pleads guilty for beaning sister with can of chili beans

CARLTON, Minn. -- A Cloquet man has pleaded guilty to assault charges for throwing a can of chili beans at his sister.

Kenneth Merle Perry, Jr., 26, was initially charged with second- and third-degree assault - both felony charges - as well as gross misdemeanor domestic assault for the June 29 incident.

In a plea deal, Perry pleaded guilty Tuesday to domestic assault and the third-degree assault charge was dismissed.

The second-degree assault against Perry was dropped prior to the trial that began Tuesday. County Attorney Thom Pertler said, because they were "overly optimistic." The plea deal at the end of the first day of the trial brought the case to a close.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 29, the Cloquet Police Department was dispatched to a home regarding a domestic disturbance. They learned that Kenneth Perry had thrown a can of chili beans at his sister's head, causing a gash in her forehead, which required several stitches to close.

"The can of chili beans is considered a dangerous weapon when thrown from close range," the complaint stated.

Courtesy of Forum News Service