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Attorney to argue self defense


January 28, 2022

A Cloquet man who is facing manslaughter charges will argue he acted in self defense, and seek to have the charges dismissed, according to his attorney.

Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 58, was charged with first-degree manslaughter in September for “causing the death of another while committing assault in the fifth degree with such force and violence” that death or great harm was “reasonably foreseeable.”

Ammesmaki was arrested Sept. 14 after police responded to a 911 call at around 2 a.m. reporting an unwanted person in an apartment inside the Fond du Lac Veterans Supportive Housing building....

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