Man sentenced for assaulting ex-girlfriend, stealing her car

A 46-year-old man was sentenced Sept. 24 in Anoka County District Court after pleading guilty to felony domestic assault and motor vehicle theft charges.

Dano Patrick Waller, Sr. was sentenced to 120 days in the Anoka County Jail, but given credit for 46 days already served. A 15-month prison term was stayed as long as he does not violate the terms of his five years of probation, which include remaining law-abiding, not having any contact with his ex-girlfriend who was the victim in this case, undergoing a psychological evaluation, treatment and counseling, not using any alcohol or mood-altering chemicals unless prescribed by a doctor, submitting to random testing and supplying a DNA sample.

According to the criminal complaint, Waller approached his ex-girlfriend while she was sitting in her vehicle by a McDonalds in New Brighton and demanded she drive him to Andover so he could buy drugs.

While they were driving to Andover, he told her he had a gun and would kill her if she did not comply. He hit her several times in the chest and arms.

When they got to Andover, she stopped the car in the County Market parking lot and ran away, then he stole her car, according to the complaint. It was located the next day in a ditch along an Andover road.

According to the complaint, Waller has three domestic-related prior convictions in St. Louis County, all of which occurred in November 2004. There were two charges for violation of an order for protection and one charge for violation of a harassment restraining order.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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