Family Speaks on Assault-Kidnapping

Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 1:09 pm


The family of the men accused of kidnapping and assaulting their nephew in Chisago County is speaking out.   Bradley Anthony Dusenka, 50,  and Marcus Lee Clay, 43,  are charged with three crimes including assaulting and kidnapping Shawn Dougherty, 25.

In an interview with Red Rock Radio, Bradley Dusenka’s brother, Frankie, says his family is devastated.

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Frankie Dusenka is the brother-in-law of Clay and uncle of Dougherty.    It’s alleged that Clay and Dusenka beat Dougherty at multiple locations including in Rush City.

Frankie Dusenka says he has spoken to his brother and brother-in-law since their were released on $100,000 bail.

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Both Dusenka and Clay are charged with Aiding and Abetting Assault in the Second Degree, Aiding and Abetting Kidnapping, and Aiding and Abetting Terroristic Threats.

If convicted, Dusenka and Clay could each spend over 30 years in prison.   Shane Sperr, 27, is expected to be charged today for his connection with the case.

In the complaint, Dougherty told police he was beaten in the head at a pole shed with an axe handle.  He also said his uncles attacked his knees with a boat oar which eventually split in half and broke.

The attack started when Dougherty went to the home of Shane Sperr who invited him over to check out items on Craig’s List, according to the complaint.  When he arrived, Sperr allegedly opened the garage door just enough so Dougherty had to crawl underneath and when he did, his uncles began beating him.

Frankie and his wife Deb also released a written statement Friday.


My wife Deb and I are both completely blind–sided and devastated by the latest events that have surrounded our family.

There is no excuse for Mark and Brad taking matters into their own hands, just as there is no excuse for Shawn breaking into Grandpa’s house and robbing him. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time, and in retrospect maybe if Grandpa hadn’t been so lenient with him as a teenager maybe things would be different.

But who can blame Frank Sr. being to easy on Shawn. Shawn has been without a father since he was 12 years old and his Grandpa and Grandma have supported and literally raised him since then. Despite their best efforts he’s been in and out of jail for theft and drugs for as long as I can remember. Grandpa and Grandma Dusenka tried to do their best, but obviously it wasn’t good enough.

We are ashamed of Shawn for choosing a life of crime.  We are ashamed of Brad and Mark for taking matters into their own hands. Ultimately we are all accountable for our own actions. When a person chooses to step outside the law they better be ready to pay the consequences.

The real victims here are my mom and dad who certainly don’t deserve the unimaginable grief, embarrassment, and hardship this has brought upon them.

Deb and I are both praying that some positive lesson can come from this and want to express our sincerest thanks to our many friends who’ve called to express their support during this extremely difficult time.

In the meantime, Father Cycenas, who’s helping us all deal with this has agreed to serve as the family spokesman.

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