Football teammate assault at alcohol-fueled house party ends with 4th sentencing

BLUE EARTH, Minn. (FOX 47) — Four members of the Blue Earth Area High School football team have now all been sentenced for their roles in an assault in October of 2017.

One of their teammates was assaulted at a house party in the town of Winnebago.  The county attorney blames alcohol.

“This was an extremely serious assault that will impact the victim for the rest of his life. These
crimes may have been avoided had these young men not been consuming alcohol. I hope that the
community takes a long, hard look at the culture of underage drinking and moving forward, we
encourage our youth to make better choices and prevent incidents like this from happening
again,” said Kathryn Karjala, the Faribault County Attorney.

Karjala said the fourth defendant, Wyatt Tungland, was sentenced on Tuesday, wrapping up the prosecution of the case.

Tungland pleaded guilty to 3rd degree assault, a felony, and District Judge Michael Trushenski sentenced him to five years supervised probation, four days in jail, a fine of $1,000 and 40 hours of “sentence to service” time.

Karjala said the judge imposed terms making it possible for the felony to be reduced to a misdemeanor if Tungland fulfills the sentence to the court’s satisfaction.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com

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