The start of Day 2 in the two-day jury trial of a Blue Earth woman charged with perjury had to be delayed because the defendant was a no-show.
According to court records, Allison Ann Mastin, 37, was arrested Thursday night reportedly for domestic assault and spent the night in Faribault County Jail.
“She was booked into our jail late Thursday evening,” says Chief Deputy Scott Adams.
Tripleanews.com has learned that Judge Troy Timmerman had to delay the trial on Friday for about one hour so a bail hearing could be held.
Mastin was accused of lying under oath during a July 2018 hearing held for Wyatt Eugene Tungland, who ultimately was convicted of assaulting a former Blue Earth Area football teammate in October 2017.
Mastin claimed that Tungland could not have been involved in the assault because he was at her home during the time the alleged beating occurred.
On Thursday, witnesses called to testify included Tungland, Mastin’s daughter, Blue Earth police officer Tharen Haugh, Winnebago police officers Jacob Petitt and Emily Bonin.
Winnebago Police Chief Eric Olson reportedly was the lone witness to take the stand on Friday before the 12-member jury began deliberations.
After some three hours, the jury convicted Mastin of perjury but found her not guilty of aiding an offender -obstructing an investigation.
Perjury, which is felony, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Timmerman has ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the sentencing date for March 9.
On the domestic assault charge, court records show that Mastin was released without bail, however, she must follow several conditions.
Mastin must keep her attorney and court administrators informed of her current address; not use mood-altering chemicals; have no assault or disorderly conduct; and be subjected to random drug testing.
A pre-trial court hearing has also been scheduled for March 9.