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Repeat offender gets 15 months for domestic assault

A Cloquet man with a lengthy history of domestic assault is once again behind bars. Paul Jerome Thunder (aka Glen Robinson), 36, appeared before Judge Leslie Beiers last Wednesday in Carlton County Court, pleading guilty to one felony count of domestic assault. A second count of felony domestic assault by strangulation was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Prior to sentencing, Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese pointed out that Thunder, a long-time offender, has accrued six criminal points to date, which Boese said was “at the end of the charts.” Beiers sentenced Thunder to 15 months in prison and ordered him to report to the commissioner of corrections to serve out his sentence there.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, on June 23 at approximately 6:15 a.m., a Fond du Lac police officer responded to a report of an assault in the 1400 block of Swenson Road. The caller stated that a man identified as Paul Thunder had assaulted his wife and requested assistance.

When the Fond du Lac officers arrived at the residence, they observed a number of individuals outside. Officers talked with the individuals about the assault, one of whom was Thunder’s wife, the victim of the alleged assault. She told officers that earlier in the evening Thunder had become upset with her and physically assaulted her in the home. During the course of the assault, she said he choked her, and at one point she admitted to faking unconsciousness to avoid further battering. She also told officers that Thunder had caused her to suffer “extreme fear” of additional bodily harm both to her and her children, whom Thunder had allegedly threatened in the past.

The victim said she waited for Thunder to fall asleep before seeking assistance to call 911.

Officers took Thunder into custody and transported him to the Law Enforcement Center, where he was housed until he was later charged.

Thunder’s criminal record dates back as far as 1997 and includes misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges of obstructing the legal process, underage consumption, theft, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and escape from custody. He was first charged with domestic assault in 1999 and 2000 and then again in 2004, when he was sentenced by Carlton County Judge Dale Wolf to a stayed sentence of 21 months in prison for one count of felony domestic assault. Additional charges of third-degree substantial bodily harm and child endangerment were dismissed at that time. He was also sentenced to 12 months of local confinement and ordered to undergo three years of supervised probation.

Then, in 2005, Thunder was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony domestic assault, terroristic threats, child endangerment and obstructing the legal process. Carlton County Judge Robert Macaulay sentenced him to 24 months in prison on the charges of felony domestic assault and obstructing the legal process and granted him conditional release following confinement.

In 2008, Thunder once again faced charges of terroristic threats and fifth-degree assault, as well as theft and interfering with a 911 call. Judge Wolf sentenced him to serve 90 days of local confinement on the fifth-degree assault charge.

The following year, in 2009, Thunder was charged in St. Louis County with felony domestic assault, kidnapping, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual assault.  Judge Shaun Floerke sentenced Thunder to 36 months in prison on the felony domestic assault charge, with credit for 143 days already served and Thunder was required to register as a predatory offender.

Charges of felony domestic assault and fifth-degree gross misdemeanor assault were filed against Thunder in 2012, once again in St. Louis County.  Judge Mark Munger sentenced Thunder to 66 days of local confinement and stayed 299 days of that sentence for two years, ordering Thunder to two years of supervised probation. Thunder was still on probation at the time of the 2014 Carlton County offense. His cumulative criminal points elevated the charge in the most recent incident to the felony level.