Vikings Hall of Famer Carl Eller was led from a Minneapolis courtroom this morning on his way to serving at least two months in the state workhouse following his setencing in Hennepin County court.
Vikings legend Carl Eller left a Minneapolis courtroom this morning on his way to jail for at least two months of a four-month sentence stemming from his assault of a Minneapolis police officer.
Eller, 67, was convicted of fourth-degree assault from an incident last spring, was ordered by Hennepin County District Judge Daniel Mabley to serve at least two months of his four-month sentence in the workhouse. Also found guilty of refusal to submit to chemical testing, the two charges will run concurrently. Both charges are deemed gross misdemeanors under Minnesota law.
The courtroom became an emotional scene, as Eller's mother Ernestine wept openly as her son was taken away in shackles. She was heard to say, "No, no, I need him to take me home."
Last month, Eller filed a federal lawsuit alleging that police destroyed or hid video evidence of the brawl with police, which was said to exist on dashboard cameras, but was never introduced in court. In his ruling, Judge Mabley said the state proved its case that Eller had been drinking and assaulted police officer Gil Antaya.
Eller was taken from the courtroom in handcuffs and will immediately start serving his sentence.
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