A Redwood Falls man, Aaron Morris Swenson, age 33, was convicted in Redwood County Court on April 12 for four counts of assault involving an alleged attempted drowning last August.

According to a Lower Sioux Police Department report entered into the court record, two area men — Steve Alan Johnson and Dan Greyeagle — were fishing by the Minnesota River when they were approached by Swenson, who was carrying a serrated steak knofe. Johnson stated that Swenson had forced him into the river, then followed him in and “choked me out.” Johnson stated he lost consciousness for a short time. The police officer noted that Swenson’s clothing was wet, and that he was red around the face and neck. Johnson was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

Swenson was found guilty of four counts of assault, including in the second degree, great bodily harm, substantial bodily harm and fifth degree misdemeanor assault. He was sentenced to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for 161 months, with credit for 249 days time served.