Mastin case going to trial next year

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A Blue Earth woman will stand trial next year on two felony charges related to the October 2017 assault of a former Blue Earth Area football player.

Allison Ann Mastin, 37, has pleaded not guilty to perjury and aiding an offender by obstructing an investigation.

Mastin’s attorney, Gary Gittus of Rochester, says he was not able to settle the case with Faribault County prosecutors.

“No plea agreement could be reached. I can’t say how negotiations went, that’s privileged information,” says Gittus.

The two-day jury trial has been scheduled for January 23 and 24 in Faribault County District Court in Blue Earth.

During a contested omnibus hearing in July 2018, Mastin and her daughter testified that Wyatt Eugene Tungland of Frost could not have been involved in the assault.

Under oath, Mastin and her daughter— who once dated Tungland — said he was at their house during the time of the assault in the early morning hours of Oct. 19, 2017.

According to court documents, Tungland in a nine-page statement to law enforcement on Nov. 17, 2017, admitted being present during the assault and gave specific details of what he observed.

A conviction of perjury has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, while aiding an offender carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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