Son accused of striking mother pleads not guilty

Published 11:22 am Friday, February 17, 2012

An Austin man who allegedly punched his mother in the face pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault, a felony, Thursday in Mower County Court. He also pleaded not guilty to domestic assault charge, a misdemeanor.

Jeremy Brandl, 19, allegedly punched his mother the morning of Feb. 1, according to the court complaint. Police were called to the 400 block of 11th Street NW around 6:45 a.m. after the 45-year-old mother claimed her son had assaulted her.

The victim told police her sons had taken her minivan out without her permission and returned to her home shortly before police were called.

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After arguing with her sons, Jeremy allegedly pushed her onto a bed and punched her.

Officers found Jeremy’s brother, Jesse, 22, in a bedroom, where Jeremy allegedly fled out the first-story window, according to the court complaint.

As officers were trying to get details of the incident from the mother, Jesse allegedly interrupted continuously and would not leave the room upon the officer’s request. At one point, Jesse allegedly told the victim “I guess that you got what you had coming to you,” according to the complaint. Jesse, who was reportedly intoxicated at the time, was arrested and cited for obstructing the legal process. He faces one count of aiding an offender to avoid arrest, one count of third-degree assault and one count of domestic assault due to his brother’s alleged actions. He is currently being held at the Mower County Jail on $25,000 bail.

The victim went to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin for her injuries, and while officers were at her home, Jeremy returned and was arrested.

Jesse registered a 0.089 alcohol concentration in the Mower County jail, where he was held until he was sober. Jeremy registered a 0.096 alcohol concentration and has been released.

Jesse and Jeremy have pre-trials set for May 4.