Prosecutors have filed more serious charges against a Spring Park man in connection with an assault last spring that left the victim with a traumatic brain injury.
Jules Adair Parent, 27, was originally charged with third-degree assault, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Last week, prosecutors also charged him with felony first-degree assault resulting in serious bodily harm, for which the maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by Mound Police Officer Jami Wittke, police were called to the Carbone’s restaurant in Mound on May 12 to investigate an assault.
When they arrived, they found the victim lying unconscious in the parking lot, bleeding from the mouth and not breathing.
Witnesses identified the victim’s assailant as Parent. A woman who was with Parent that night told police that Parent had been arguing with a woman after the bar closed, and the victim walked over and stepped into the middle of the argument.
Parent and the victim began “yelling and swearing” at one another, the woman told police. Parent got into a car with the witness, and the victim reached into the car and grabbed Parent, at which point Parent got out and confronted the victim, according to the complaint.
A short time later, Parent got back into the car, screamed at the victim to drive away and apologized to her for “what he just did,” the complaint says. The woman said Parent admitted that he had punched the victim.
Another witness told police that he saw the victim fall to the ground and hit his head after Parent punched him.
Parent later admitted to police that he was arguing with the victim and that he punched him, but claimed that he didn’t hit him hard enough to knock him out, according to the complaint.
The victim was hospitalized with a skull fracture. Doctors subsequently determined that he suffered brain injuries that caused him to have difficulty with his vision, hearing and balance, as well as impairments in his executive functioning skills and his working memory. He was transferred to the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis and wasn’t discharged until May 24.
Parent is free on a $20,000 bond and has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. A jury trial in his case is scheduled Jan. 28 in Hennepin County District Court.