MANKATO, Minn. (KMSP) - Trevor Shelley entered a guilty plea Wednesday morning to first-degree assault for his role in the May 11, 2014 bar closing assault of Isaac Kolstad in Mankato, Minn. Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to fifth-degree assault last March for his role in the assault.
As part of his plea deal, a third-degree assault charge against Shelley was dropped. Shelley could face up to a year in the Blue Earth County Jail at sentencing, which is scheduled for May 13. The plea deal means Shelley avoids a trial, which was scheduled to begin next week.
"This is a no-win situation for all 3 men,” Shelley’s attorney, Richard Hillesheim, told KEYC. “But Trevor is ready to put this part of his life behind him."
"We are pleased with the outcome,” said Ken White, the attorney for the Kolstad family. “Obviously we have to wait for the sentencing guidelines, but as of now the family is happy with the outcome."