SLP man sentenced to years in prison after kidnapping, assaulting girlfriend

Benjamin Paul Adams, 40, was sentenced to 231 months in prison after kidnapping and assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend in Spring Lake Park last October.

Charged with seven felonies – two counts of first-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, three counts of assault and terroristic threats – Adams was tried before a jury of his peers in Anoka County District Court the last part of May and into June.

Benjamin Paul Adams
Benjamin Paul Adams

The jury returned a verdict June 4, acquitting Adams of attempted murder, but finding him guilty of the other five charges.

Adams was sentenced Aug. 6. The lesser offenses – domestic assault and third-degree assault – were vacated by court order. For kidnapping, the court sentenced Adams to 210 months in the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. Adams will serve another 21 months for second-degree assault. The court sentenced him to an additional 24 months for terroristic threats, but that will be served concurrently with his other terms. For each count, Adams was given credit for 290 days served.

He was ordered to pay $1,425 in restitution from his prison wages to the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board.

He will also be registered as a predatory offender.

Police responded to the 8400 block of Center Drive Northeast in Spring Lake Park at 3 a.m. Oct. 21 to speak with a 25-year-old woman, who had multiple injuries and bruises, including a nasal fracture and slits on her left wrist.

The woman said she had been held against her will and assaulted by Adams in his apartment, according to the criminal complaint. He used chrome scissors and a razor blade to attack her, the woman alleged.

Though she initially told law enforcement that Adams had slit her wrist with a razor blade, she testified in court that she had cut herself in an attempt to end the assault.

The case made use of surveillance video from Adams’ bedroom that showed him beating the woman repeatedly over several hours Oct. 20 and 21 and threatening to kill her.

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