Owatonna man sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder

(KSTP) – An Owatonna man who pleaded guilty to murder in a 2020 stabbing case was sentenced Friday in Steele County court.

In January, 30-year-old Hassan Nur Hassan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder without intent. He also pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

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Hassan is to serve 15 years (180 months) in prison at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. He is also to serve 21 months for the assault charge. Those sentences are being served consecutively. Hassan has credit for 606 days of time served.

The stabbing happened in July 2020. Officers were called to Dartts Park and, when they arrived, they said they found a man — identified as Mohamed Aweis Mohamed — on the ground with a stab wound. He was later pronounced dead.

According to a criminal complaint filed at the time, multiple witnesses identified the suspect as Hassan, saying he and Mohamed got into an argument prior to the stabbing.