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Man accused of dropping 42-pound cinder block on victim's head found guilty

The victim suffered severe brain trauma and was eventually transferred to a long-term care facility.

A Minnesota man accused of dropping a 42-pound cinder block on a man's head during a fight has been found guilty.

Wesley Robert Warren, of Ponsford, Minnesota, was indicted by a federal grand jury in July of 2020 in connection with the incident that occurred on the White Earth Reservation. Prosecutors said the 22-year-old and the assault victim had gotten into an argument early the morning of June 3, 2020, which "escalated into a physical confrontation."

Warren, according to the charges, knocked the victim to the ground, where he remained face down. Prosecutors said the right was over at this point. But Warren then picked up a 42-pound cinder block and dropped it on the back of the victim's head.

The man suffered severe brain trauma, and was transferred to a long-term care facility following several weeks in the hospital.

Warren was found guilty, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday, on two of the four counts against him: Assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release on each count. 

A sentencing date has not been set.

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