No jail time for Nelson in assault on ex-football player

Published 10:43 am Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MANKATO — Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson apologized in court Monday to a former Minnesota State football player who suffered a serious brain injury in a beating outside a nightclub last year.

Nelson, 21, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and won’t have to serve jail time for his part in the May 11 attack on Isaac Kolstad. Nelson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fifth-degree assault under a deal reached in January in which felony charges were dropped. Another man still faces more serious charges in the attack.

Kolstad, 25, told the court his life has been “changed forever,” The Free Press of Mankato reported.

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“I can’t hold my own children without someone else watching me,” Kolstad told a packed courtroom. “My doctors are afraid I will have another seizure and drop them. I can’t drive. I can’t work. I can’t cook my family dinner.”

As part of his sentence, Nelson got credit for two days he’s already served in jail. Prosecutors had recommended a 15-day jail sentence.