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Convicted Felon Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Stalking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DESMOND GEORGE DANIAL, 51, to 30 months in prison for interstate stalking. DANIAL, who pleaded guilty on November 8, 2018, was sentenced today before Senior Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, between August 5, 2014, and March 20, 2018, DANIAL repeatedly harassed and threatened his victim, her husband and her family. In 2012, DANIAL was charged and convicted of stalking in Stearns County, Minnesota, and a restraining order was filed against DANIAL preluding him from having contact with the victim. In August 2014, even after the victim left Minnesota and moved to Wyoming, DANIAL continued his harassment by repeatedly sending threatening text messages and emails, including threats of violence, to both the victim and her husband. DANIAL also harassed and threatened the victim’s parents who lived in Bemidji, Minnesota.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad.


Defendant Information:


City of residence unknown


  • Interstate stalking, 1 count


  • 30 months in prison
  • Three years of supervised release





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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600


Updated April 12, 2019