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Hopkins man receives life sentence for vicious assault, holding woman captive

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty after three weeks of trial.
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Dequarn Bell

After a three-week trial, a 25-year-old Hopkins man pleaded guilty to felony charges and now faces life in prison for the violent attack and sexual assault of a woman in September of 2019. 

DeQuarn M. Bell was charged in January with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree assault, and soliciting prostitution. He pleaded guilty to charges that accused him of using a curling iron to brutally assault a woman, according to a criminal complaint that says police were sent to a gas station in Hopkins on Sept. 9, 2019, after being made aware of a prior domestic assault.

At the gas station, the victim told Hopkins officers that she had been assaulted by Bell in late-July 2019 and was held captive until she was able to escape on foot to the gas station that day. The woman said Bell used a hot curling iron to repeatedly burn her on her face, neck, chest, armpit, back, leg and other parts of her body. 

The complaint explains that Bell accused the woman of talking with his brother on Snapchat, leading to domestic violence.

On Wednesday, Bell admitted in court that the victim's story was true, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. 

Bell will be formally sentenced at 9 a.m. on Dec. 4. His life sentence is expected to come with the possibility of parole after 30 years, according to the attorney's release. 

If you know anyone that is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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