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March 14, 2011

Wilson sentenced for stalking

Initial rape and assault charges dismissed

MANKATO — Although she had changed her story during a second interview with investigators, during a sentencing hearing Monday a woman again accused her former boyfriend of raping and assaulting her.

Quyumba Ontario Wilson, 20, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for stalking his former girlfriend in October. Taking into account time served in jail while waiting for trial, he will only be required to serve 19 additional days.

Wilson had been accused of raping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend in her Minnesota State University dorm room, charges related to those allegations were dismissed after the victim changed her story during an interview with a Mankato detective in December.

While giving an victim impact statement during Wilson’s sentencing hearing in Blue Earth County District Court, the victim said the original rape and assault charges shouldn’t have been dismissed. She said the amended criminal complaint dismissing the sexual assault charges was incorrect and her requests to have it changed back were ignored.

“Wilson spit on me, punched me in the face and caused me to black out,” she said Monday. “He punched me in the stomach like a punching bag.”

She has had “frightening flashbacks,” has not felt safe and has suffered headaches as a result of the Oct. 10 incident, which was initially reported as a theft.

Wilson was scheduled to go to trial in January. The detective interviewed the victim Dec. 9, saying he had questions about statements she made to a nurse at the hospital and some calls the victim made on her cell phone during the October incident.

During that interview, the victim told the investigator that she wasn’t sure if she had been raped.

“I did initiate the sex part,” she said. “I have a problem choosing whether this was rape or regular sex. It’s impossible for me to put a label on it right now. In my mind, it could go either way.”

After the Mankato Department of Public Safety and MSU put an alert out about Wilson, he was arrested in Eau Claire, Wis., after leading a Wisconsin State trooper on a high-speed chase. He eventually crashed his car, ran into the woods and was taken into custody.

Wilson has denied his former girlfriend’s allegations. He said he pleaded guilty to the felony stalking charge because he had violated a court order to stay away from the victim. That order had been issued after previous domestic assault charges, involving the same victim, were filed.

“This is obviously a dysfunctional relationship,” said Robert Docherty, Wilson’s attorney. “It sounds like it’s gone both ways in the past.”

The victim had asked Judge Bradley Walker to order Wilson to stop writing about her and to quit using Facebook, an Internet social networking site where she said he had posted information about her. Walker said Wilson could use Facebook, but he had to stop making any type of comments about the victim.

“This is a situation I want to put behind me,” Wilson said before being sentenced by Walker. “I have no intention of focusing any injury on (the victim).”

A one-year prison sentence also was ordered for one of the previous assault charges because Wilson had violated his probation. That sentence was stayed.

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