Blaine man sent to prison for assault

A man who faced a felony second-degree assault charge in Anoka County District Court for an incident in Blaine the evening of June 30, 2012 has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony charge, but he has been sent to prison nonetheless.

In a plea agreement, John Adam Byrne, 33, entered a guilty plea to a felony fifth-degree assault count (same victim within 10 years of two or more convictions).

A sentencing March 5, Byrne, who has a long criminal history in Anoka County, according to court records, was given a 26-month prison term with credit for 245 days served.

At the same time, a 17-month prison sentence which was stayed by the court in 2011 after he entered a guilty plea to felony fourth-degree assault of a police officer, was activated following a probation violation hearing.

Blaine Police Department responded to a residence on President Drive June 30, 2012 where they found a man, identified as Byrne, being held down by others in the driveway, according to the complaint.

One of the men stated that when Byrne got into an argument with a woman at the home and another woman was shoved when she tried to help, he intervened.

At that point, Byrne grabbed some hedging shears and began swinging them at the man before he was able to grab Byrne by the arm and with the help of others, take him to the ground and hold him there until police arrived.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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