Guilty plea following Anoka incident

A man who faced multiple charges in Anoka County District Court, including two felonies, for an incident at an Anoka apartment building has pleaded guilty to two lesser counts.

Steven Allen Bennett-Lehner, 23, 219 Clay St., entered guilty pleas April 9 to a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a 911 call and a misdemeanor fifth-degree assault count with felony simple robbery and domestic assault by strangulation charges to be dismissed at sentencing May 24.

The early morning hours of Sept. 24, 2011 Anoka Police responded to the Clay Street apartment building where a woman, 46, and her daughter, 23, reported that during an argument, Bennett-Lehner had put the woman in a choke hold making it difficult for her to breath and her face to turn red, according to the complaint.

Both the mother and daughter stated that Bennett-Lehner grabbed their cell phones as they were trying to call 911, snapping the daughter’s phone in two and causing the battery to fall out and the back cover to fall off the mother’s phone.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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