Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Terrell James Pleasant, age 40 of Burnsville, has been charged* with Attempted Murder in the First Degree (with premeditation), Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (with intent to kill), Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and Domestic Assault in connection with injuries suffered by a woman age 42 with whom he had been residing.
The criminal complaint filed today alleges that Pleasant stabbed the victim multiple times with a scissor in her side and neck after he told the victim: "You’re gonna die". The victim was also punched in the face and choked during this attack. The victim’s daughter called 911 when she arrived home at approximately 8:00 p.m. on May 6, 2017 and found her mother covered in blood. The victim told her daughter that Pleasant had threatened to kill her and was trying to do so. At approximately 2:00 a.m. on May 7, 2017, officers located Pleasant’s vehicle parked approximately two miles away from the residence. During his arrest he stated: "I’m sorry for what I did."
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Backstrom stated that Pleasant was previously convicted of attempted murder in Scott County in 2005 arising out of a domestic-related incident.
Backstrom commented: "We are thankful that the victim is recovering from her life-threatening wounds."
Backstrom thanked the Burnsville Police Department for their thorough investigation into this matter.
Pleasant made his first appearance on these charges today and bail in the amount of $500,000 with conditions was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Timothy McManus. Mr. Pleasant’s next court appearance is set for May 31, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.