Man gets 29 months for punching woman

Published 8:03 am Friday, September 7, 2018


Elijah Joel Beckman, 30, of Racine was sentenced on Tuesday in Mower County District Court to 29 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility for felony domestic assault. He received credit for 158 days served.

Judge Jeffrey Kritzer issued the sentencing.

Beckman was arrested in January for an assault that happened on Dec. 23 in the 100 block of Harrison Avenue Northeast in Racine.

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According to court documents, a Mower County deputy met with the victim, who said Beckman had arrived at the residence earlier in the day and got angry because she was upset he was leaving. He postured like he was going to hit her and she grabbed a pipe to defend herself. She said the next thing she remembered was being on the floor with Beckman telling her he was “sorry.” She said she “saw stars” and put ice on a lump on her face.

The deputy observed a large bruised lump around her left eye, court documents state.

In addition to prison, Beckman must also pay $1,019.48 in fees and restitution.

A review of Beckman’s criminal history shows prior convictions for criminal damage to property, fleeing a peace officer, financial transaction card fraud, theft, assault and violating an order of protection.

Beckman is currently awaiting trial for two charges of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor DWI-operate a motor vehicle under the influence of any amount of schedule I/II drugs-not marijuana. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.