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Waubun man gets jail time for assault, breaking woman's jaw

A Waubun man was sentenced Thursday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of third degree assault-substantial bodily harm.

Victor Saint-James Wilkins, 21, of 37999 280th Ave., Waubun, was given a stay of sentence imposition on conditions including completion of up to five years of supervised probation and a 90-day jail sentence. He must also do an undetermined amount of community service work in lieu of $1,160 in court fines and fees, and pay over $8,600 in restitution to the victim, according to a schedule to be worked out with his probation officer.

Wilkins was accused of breaking the jaw of a woman with whom he got into an argument on March 16. Both Wilkins and the woman were passengers in a vehicle traveling home from a party on Highway 34. Wilkins was being given a ride home because he was too intoxicated to drive, according to the criminal complaint.

After he got into an argument with the driver of the vehicle, the driver stopped, pulled over and told Wilkins to get out of the vehicle. They continued to argue, and the woman attempted to intervene, at which point Wilkins reportedly punched her in the face, causing her jaw to break in multiple places.

The complaint said that the woman needed to have her jaw wired shut to heal from her injuries, and the officer investigating the case also noted she had a large cut on her lip and her teeth appeared to be pushed apart.