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By Jana Peterson
Pine Knot News 

Seven years in prison for man who assaulted baby


June 7, 2019

A Cloquet man was sentenced to 86 months in prison Friday, after pleading guilty to shaking, squeezing and dropping his infant daughter, then 12 weeks old, when he “snapped” in a moment of mental weakness. The sentence equates to seven years and two months in custody.

Orion Harrison Sinclair Verbist, 25, pleaded guilty in Sixth District Carlton County Court to felony assault in the first degree in April, and asked to be sent to prison as soon as possible. He was back from St. Cloud Correctional Center Friday, for his sentencing.

The mother of the baby, Carli Mendoza, gave her statement...

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