Man sentenced for misdemeanor, not felony, in East Bethel assault

A former East Bethel resident originally charged with two felonies for coming at another man with a machete was sentenced on one misdemeanor conviction April 19 in Anoka County District Court.

Mario Andrew Ramotar, 25, who now lives in West Palm Beach, Fla., was arraigned Sept. 17, 2012 on felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats.

The criminal complaint accused Ramotar of threatening another man with a machete and punching him twice in the head through an open car window during the late evening hours of Sept. 14, 2012.

Ramotar told police in a post-Miranda statement that he did chase this man out of a house while holding a machete, but denied punching him at any time.

Ramotar’s defense attorney Michael Brandt said his client’s story did not change, but the credibility of the man who reported Ramotar to police was called into question because of prior felony convictions for crimes of fraud and other deceit.

On the flip side, numerous people defending Ramotar’s character came forward, Brandt said.

According to Brandt, Ramotar still did admit coming toward this man with a machete, which is why he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault with the intent to cause fear, which was a significant downgrade from the second-degree assault charge. The terroristic threats charge was dropped.

Amanda Vickstrom of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office said that consideration of the new evidence and the other man’s wishes is why the county attorney’s office agreed to downgrade the charges.

Ramotar ended up serving four days in jail and was not ordered to serve any more time. He will be on probation for two years and cannot have any contact with the other man. He also had to pay a $515 fine.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]


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