DULUTH — A Duluth man with a violent criminal history was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 14, for assaulting his wife just hours after he was released from prison this summer.
On Oct. 4, a St. Louis County jury found Daniel J. Kriesel, 46, guilty of three felony assault charges for a July 15 attack in which he bludgeoned and stabbed his wife with a lamp, vase and woodworking tool. The Duluth Police Department arrived at the scene after someone called about hearing screaming from the house.
The victim was found "covered in blood" with both eyes swollen shut, part of an ear missing as well as other injuries, according to the criminal complaint.
A judge sentenced Kriesel to 158 months. One third of that time will be on supervised release.
The complaint states Kriesel started assaulting his wife because he was upset she was not home when he returned from prison.
Kriesel had spent much of the past decade in prison after he was convicted of shooting a man in East Hillside in 2008.