A woman has been charged for allegedly lying during a hearing held for one of the teens charged in the assault of a former Blue Earth Area High School football teammate.
Allison Ann Mastin, 36, of Blue Earth is facing felony counts of perjury and aiding an offender by obstructing an investigation.
During a contested omnibus hearing in July, Mastin and her daughter took the stand and testified that Wyatt Eugene Tungland, 19, of Frost could not have been involved in the assault.
Faribault County prosecutor LaMar Piper says several months of investigation was needed before deciding whether to charge Mastin.
“After listening to her testimony and reading her interview in October 2018 with Officer Emily Bonin, we’re satisfied that she tried to mislead the officers in the case and the court,” Piper says.
Under oath, Mastin and her daughter — who once dated Tungland — said that he was at their house during the time of the assault the early morning hours of Oct. 19, 2017.
Mastin says her daughter and Tungland fell asleep while watching a movie and that he woke up around 3:30 a.m. and left.
According to the new charges, Tungland’s defense attorney did not tell Mastin about his client’s statement to police admitting to being at the party.
Court documents say that Tungland reportedly did not say anything about being at Mastin’s house at any time that night.
Tungland and three other teen boys were charged in the beating of a teammate unconscious during the house party in Winnebago.
A four-day trial has been scheduled for Tungland from April 23-26 in Faribault County District Court.
He has pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault, aiding and abetting third-degree assault and furnishing alcohol to persons under the age of 21.