Former U of M student sentenced for raping 2 women at parties


A former University of Minnesota student has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for raping two women he met at parties.

Daniel Drill-Mellum pleaded guilty to two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct and will spend 74 months in jail because of it, the Star Tribune reports.

The 22-year-old from Waconia has also been enrolled in a sex offender treatment program, FOX 9 says.

What happened

The incidents occurred within eight days of each other in the fall of 2014.

The first was on Halloween night. According to the criminal complaint, Drill-Mellum met the 18-year-old victim at a party at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house.

He reportedly led the woman into a laundry room where he forced her to have sex even though she tried to get away.

The second happened the following weekend. The Hennepin County Attorney said Drill-Mellum asked the 19-year-old victim to go back to his apartment to grab some more alcohol.

When they got to his place, he forced himself upon the woman despite her efforts to get away, the complaint said.

Officials say Drill-Mellum gagged the victim as well. She suffered multiple injures in the attack and had to go see a doctor afterwards.

Drill-Mellum had been a student at the U from the fall of 2012 through the fall of 2014 in the Carlson School of Management, the Star Tribune reports.

Previously, he attended Chaska High School and spent time interning in Gov. Mark Dayton’s office, the newspaper reports.

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