Annandale woman convicted of felony assault

Amber Marie Howard, 25, Annandale, formerly of Pequot Lakes, was convicted March 28, with one felony count of first degree assault, resulting from an Aug. 10, 2011 incident.

Howard was charged along with two others, with kidnapping and assault, for taking part in the beating of a victim who had been bound with duct tape, rope and a towing strap, at a residence in Kimball.

The victim was found when the Kimball Police Chief went to the residence Aug. 10, at about noon, concerning an incident in Kimball.

The victim was then taken to the Staples Hospital where it was discovered he had a broken rib and a collapsed lung. The physician told investigators the victim had been bound for some time and that had he not gotten prompt medical treatment, he would have died.

At the time of her arrest, Howard admitted she had taken part in the beating.

The charge of felony kidnapping was dropped against Howard, and for the felony conviction of assault, she was jailed for 43 days and was sentenced to just more than seven years in prison, stayed for 20 years. She will have to pay fees totalling $585 and pay $15,955.75 in restitution to the Crime Victims Reparations Board.

Howard must also submit to random testing at her own expense, testify and cooperate with law enforcement for further court cases and avoid settings with drug users and/or dealers or any place illegal drugs may be present. Howard will be under supervised probation for 20 years.