Suspect takes plea deal in burglary, assault case

Published 6:41 am Saturday, April 15, 2017

A 22-year-old Austin man agreed to a plea agreement for charges stemming from a January burglary and assault incident.

Bryce Ryan Brim pleaded guilty in Mower County District Court Thursday as part of a plea agreement to felony first-degree burglary.

He’d previously faced a second felony first-degree burglary charge, a gross misdemeanor for obstructing the legal process and a misdemeanor for domestic assault.

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Authorities were alerted just before midnight Jan. 4 that a domestic assault was in progress on the 800 block of Ninth Avenue Southwest. A 21-year-old woman reported she had been physically assaulted and suffered strangulation. She met officers at a 10th Avenue Northwest location where she had gone to get away from the man because he’d been drinking, according to court records.

Witnessing the incident was an 11-year-old, according to the report, although the relationship, if any, to the woman was not disclosed.

Officers intercepted the suspect at the Ninth Avenue location, but he did not come to the door when officers requested entry. The owner of the property gave officers permission to gain entrance by an unlocked window, which an officer tried to do, but the suspect allegedly tried to slam the window on the officer’s hands.

The officer shocked him with a Taserer and then used a chemical agent to subdue him. Officers had to use the same methods at the jail, when the man continued to be combative, said Police Chief Brian Krueger.

Brim is due for sentencing on July 20.