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Attorney’s Office Secures Guilty Verdict and 10-Year Prison Sentence for Knife Attack Case

Beltrami County Attorney, David L. Hanson, announced that on January 9, 2024, Joshua Lee Beaulieu was sentenced to 10 years in prison for two counts of 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and one County of Criminal Damage to Property; this after a Jury found Mr. Beaulieu Guilty of the Assaults and Property Damage on December 28, 2023. 

On May 7, 2023, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call to investigate a stabbing at the Grass Lake Mobile Home Park in Beltrami County.   Upon arrival at the scene, Deputies encountered a stabbing victim who had been stabbed in the face.  Witnesses identified Mr. Beaulieu as the suspect.  After a thorough investigation, law enforcement learned that Beaulieu had also chased another victim with a knife and damaged a vehicle with a baseball bat.  The victim who was stabbed in the face told law enforcement that Beaulieu had asked him to borrow his vehicle.  The victim indicated that he did not let Beaulieu use his vehicle due to Beaulieu’s drinking; Beaulieu then became angry and stabbed him in the face. 

Assistant Beltrami County Attorney Michael Mahlen conducted a four day long Jury trial in December that resulted in Mr. Beaulieu’s conviction.  The Beltrami County Attorney’s office sought a statutory maximum sentence for Beaulieu due to his prior convictions for assaultive behavior.  The Jury heard evidence of Beaulieu’s assaultive history and the fact that the assault took place in front of the victim’s child.  The Jury agreed with the County Attorney’s office to allow the Judge to sentence Beaulieu outside of the Minnesota sentencing guidelines.  The Honorable Jeanine Brand sentenced Beaulieu to 120 months in prison for this heinous act.

County Attorney Hanson sends his sympathy to the victims in this case.  County Attorney Hanson would like to thank all of the hard-working members of the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office who responded to and investigated this crime, as well as the Bemidji Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, and Minnesota Conservations Officers, who assisted in the investigation.  County Attorney Hanson would also like to thank all of the staff of the Beltrami County Attorney’s office who put in many hours on this matter, specifically, Assistant County Attorney Michael Mahlen, and Victim Services Coordinator Riley Irish.


David L. Hanson, Beltrami County Attorney
600 Minnesota Avenue NW #400
Bemidji, MN 56601

(218) 333-4219

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