Area man faces 10 years for felony assault

A St. Anthony man faces a willful injury charge after a police investigation implicated him in an attack on a woman at his home in July.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a warrant on Luke Nelson, 30, at his home at 208 Howard St., in St. Anthony, Sunday.

Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg said a friend of Nelson’s was staying the night with him and his girlfriend, Jessica Buschbom, 30, over the summer when things went sour. The couple asked the woman to leave, and the situation quickly escalated to violence.

The victim sought medical attention and ended up needing surgery after the couple allegedly assaulted her, Tecklenburg said.

Police arrested Buschbom in July following the incident, charging her with serious assault. That charge was later amended to willful injury, a Class C felony. Nelson faces the same charge.

The Marshall County Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Nelson’s arrest after poring over interviews conducted at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

“It was really a matter of sorting some information and some facts,” Tecklenburg said.

Nelson received a suspended sentence in 2010 for his third domestic assault charge, according to online court records. He has also served prison time for drug offenses.

Buschbom was charged in October for allegedly violating a no contact order placed on the victim following the incident. Her trial on the willful injury charge is set for Feb. 19.

Nelson made his initial appearance Monday. He had also posted his $10,000 cash-only bond as of Monday. The sheriff’s office made details of the case available Tuesday.

A Class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $1,000 to $10,000 fine.