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AUSTIN EDITION Man gets jail time for threatening woman

From staff reports

An Austin man who allegedly threatened to kill a woman with a knife in February must serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to making terroristic threats.

Troy Lester Benner, 17681 U.S. 218, Apt. D, also was sentenced Thursday to pay $380, maintain full-time employment, participate in a domestic-abuse program and have supervised probation for five years, Mower District Court records show.

Judge Fred Wellmann gave credit for four days served in jail by Benner, who faces 13 months in prison if he violates probation, records show.

In October, Benner, 32, who was free on a $10,000 bail bond, pleaded guilty to felony terroristic threats. Prosecutors dismissed charges of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor domestic assault.

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At that time, Chief Deputy County Attorney Eric Herendeen said he agreed to the plea because, from the start, the alleged victim has stated nothing happened and recanted previous statements to police.

According to a criminal complaint, Benner allegedly grabbed the woman's hair Feb. 6 at his home, shoved her to the floor and threatened to slash her throat while unfolding a knife.

Several witnesses reported hearing Benner threaten to kill the woman, the complaint says.

The woman later asked a judge to allow Benner to have contact with her.

In 1998, Benner was sentenced to 61⁄2; years in prison for stabbing a woman earlier that year at an Austin apartment after an argument, records show. The victim was taken to Rochester for medical help and has recovered.

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