Third Man Arrested in Hinckley Beating
The third man wanted in connection with the November beating of Hinckley driving instructor Dwaine Palmer is in custody. Jonathon Cody Thomas, 20, was arrested in Wright County for Burglary, Assault and Property Damage Charges, according to Pine County Chief Deputy Steve Ovick.
Ovick expects Thomas to be transferred to the Pine County Jail on Wednesday.
According to Wright County’s jail roster, Thomas is charged with third degree burglary, property damage and assault without a weapon. Ovick says the combination of the charges could lead to significant prison time.
Thomas charged with five counts in the Hinckley attack including Aiding/Abetting Assault in the first, second and third degree. If convicted, Thomas could spend a maximum 62-years in prison and pay over $100,000 in fines.
It’s alleged that, Thomas and two other men -Olaf Thomas and Aaron Lagarde – attacked Palmer, 64, while he was walking his dog, Sweetie, the morning of November 29th. The attack left Palmer with a broken nose, jaw, eye sockets, and cracked ribs.
Olaf Thomas, 22, of Sandstone was arrested in December. He is charged with Aiding/Abetting Assault in the first degree and Aiding/Abetting Aggravated Robbery in the first degree, as well as, four other counts.
Lagarde was arrested in February. He faces the same charges as Jonathon Cody Thomas.