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Polk County man gets prison time for holding woman hostage, assaulting her for three days

CROOKSTON--A Lengby, Minn., man was ordered to spend more than six years in prison after being accused of holding a woman hostage, as well as physically and sexually assaulting her, for three days.

Jared Renner
Jared Renner

CROOKSTON-A Lengby, Minn., man was ordered to spend more than six years in prison after being accused of holding a woman hostage, as well as physically and sexually assaulting her, for three days.

Polk County Judge Kurt Marben handed down on Thursday a 90-month prison sentence to Jared Phillip Renner, 30, after the defendant was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of domestic assault by strangulation, threats of violence and pattern of stalking conduct, all of which are felonies. He was credited 418 days for time served.

The case stems from September 2016 accusations in which a woman told deputies Renner wouldn't allow her to leave or be without him for three days, according to court documents. Renner would not allow the woman to use her phone during that time and would beat her for several hours at a time, court document stated. He choked her multiple times to the point where she couldn't breathe, according to court documents.

Court documents also describe Renner threatening the woman if she didn't have sex with him.

Renner told the victim a "spirit" was controlling him and told him to kill the woman, the woman told officers.

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The victim said she "pretty much gave up," but she and Renner went to the Veterans of Foreign Wars location in Lengby, court documents said. When she refused to leave, Renner "made a scene" but her friends threatened to call the cops, according to court documents.

That's when he left and she called police, court documents said.

He pleaded guilty in a separate burglary case involving the same victim. He also was sentenced to 90 months in prison with 359 days of credit for time served, but that will run concurrent with the previous case.

The Herald typically does not identify victims in sexual assault cases.

Lengby is about 50 miles southeast of Crookston.

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