St. Cloud Man Sentenced For Domestic Assault, Faces More Charges
ST. CLOUD -- A Stearns County judge has handed down a sentence to the St. Cloud man who assaulted a police officer and committed a domestic assault in March.
Thirty-one-year-old Robert Hennessy Jr. will serve 79 days in jail and have a one-year prison term stayed if he completes all of the conditions of his probation including domestic abuse assessment, mental health evaluation and chemical dependency evaluation.
In March, a woman told St. Cloud Police that her boyfriend became upset when she confronted him about his drug use saying she would break up with him. The woman gave Hennessy $300 for him to find a place to live.
According to the criminal complaint, Hennessy held the woman in a bear hug and begged her to stay with him. He told her any money she gave him would go into his veins. Hennessy then left in her car.
The woman reported the car stolen and while waiting for police, saw Hennessy return. She went outside to grab clothing, when Hennessy grabbed her by the neck, pushed her against the car and choked her.
After the victim escaped and returned to her apartment, Hennessy broke through the building's security door and began pounding on the apartment door. When police arrived, Hennessy punched one officer and kicked another while being arrested.
He pleaded guilty to Felony 4th-degree assault on a police officer and misdemeanor domestic assault.
Hennessy also faces new charges. In April, the Stearns County Attorney's Office filed four charges of violating a domestic abuse no-contact order involving the woman. A trial is set for September 12th on those charges.