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Trenton Ward

A Byron man who stalked a former friend for months, then attacked her and held her against her will in a truck has had his sentence amended, court documents show.

Trenton Michael Ward, 21, pleaded guilty in December to false imprisonment and two counts of domestic assault by strangulation, all felonies, and one count of misdemeanor domestic assault.

In exchange for the pleas, one count each of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct and felony stalking were dismissed at February's sentencing, as were two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault, one count of gross misdemeanor stalking and misdemeanor underage drinking and driving.

Ward received a stay of imposition during his original sentencing in February; the stay was amended Wednesday, adding another condition.

Ward was initially sentenced to concurrent jail terms of 119 days and 90 days, with credit for 119 days served. Olmsted County District Court Judge Pamela King also ordered him to attend a sex offender program, undergo domestic abuse evaluation/treatment, psychiatric evaluation/treatment, complete a chemical assessment and register as a predatory offender, among other conditions.

Last week, King ordered him to go immediately to Empower and get individual sessions scheduled, the paperwork says.

The investigation began May 16, 2015, when an Olmsted County Sheriff's Office deputy was sent to a local hospital emergency department for a report of a sexual assault.

The victim told the deputy she'd received a text from Ward about 3:30 that morning, saying he was drunk and asking for a ride home. The woman picked him up at 12th Street and Seventh Avenue Southeast in Rochester about 4 a.m.

Ward asked the woman to stop at his father's semi-trailer truck, the report says, for some of his belongings. The two went into the truck and talked for about an hour.

According to court documents, Ward suddenly became angry and called the woman names. He allegedly ripped off her shorts and underwear, put his hands on the woman's shoulders and slammed her head against the back wall of the truck. He also punched the walls in a rage, the complaint says, and wouldn't let the victim leave, telling her "it would take an army for you to get out of the doors."

When the victim told Ward that she needed to use the bathroom, he told her to go outside and took her car keys from her. The woman, however, had taken a key off her key chain earlier and was able to flee in her vehicle. Investigators reportedly found her ripped underwear in the truck.

Ward turned himself in to authorities that evening. He confirmed some aspects of the woman's story, the complaint says, including calling her names and ripping her clothing.

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