The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 5, 2013

Prison sentence ordered for couch assault

The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — A 5-year prison sentence was ordered Friday for a 39-year-old Mankato man who pleaded guilty in May to throwing a love seat on top of a 4-year-old boy, then jumping on the small couch.

Miguel Angel Beltran will receive credit for the 132 days he has been in jail since he was arrested in February. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree assault on May 16. Charges of domestic assault and malicious punishment of a child were dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

During the plea hearing, Beltran admitted to losing his temper and said he felt bad about what happened. He was living with the child's mother and taking care of the boy and a younger sister while she was gone. The woman reported the incident to police after she found out about it.