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More charges filed

By Staff | Aug 23, 2008

Troy Timmerman

A second inmate involved in a fight at the Faribault County Jail apparently is not getting off scot-free.

According to county officials, charges have been filed against a juvenile currently in custody.

A jail roster obtained by the Register on Thursday shows 17-year-old Selerino Del Angel is the only juvenile among the nine inmates.

Public defender Troy Timmerman, who represents Del Angel in a felony-level case, says as of Thursday he hadn’t received official notification of the new charge. He says he expects to hear from the county attorney’s office soon.

On July 23 a fight between Del Angel and John Andrew Yahnke, 18, occurred at 7:25 a.m. in front of “C” block. Authorities later filed fifth-degree assault charges against Yahnke.

The Blue Earth city attorney’s office is handling that case because the fight occurred within city limits and the charge is a misdemeanor.

County attorney Brian Roverud says he’s unable to comment because the juvenile has been charged with a misdemeanor. He says his office will prosecute the case.

The county attorney also refuses to say whether a videotape of the jail fight resulted in the inmate being charged.

Kyle MacArthur, an investigator for the Martin and Faribault counties Public Defender’s Office, discovered the tape about two weeks ago.

Roverud and court administration officials, Timmerman says, had to decide who was going to handle the case because his client has been charged as an adult.

“We had a debate on whether he should be charged as an adult or juvenile,” adds Timmerman.

In addition to assault, Yahnke faces a charge of explosives possession with the intent to make a bomb. He has pleaded not guilty and requested a two-day jury trial. No dates have been set.

Del Angel is being held on charges of first-degree assault, malicious punishment of a child and neglect or endangerment of a child.