“Soul collector” expected to plead guilty to assaultPublished 11:14am Monday, July 11, 2011
The Fergus Falls man who allegedly claimed to be a “soul collector” as he tried to kill former mayoral candidate Ivan “Skip” Mallas on Jan. 9 is expected to plead guilty today to a charge of first degree assault.
Under a plea agreement filed on June 14, the attempted murder charge against Timothy Eugene Peterson, 42, would be dropped if he pleads guilty to first degree assault. Though Peterson underwent a mental competency evaluation earlier this year, he was ruled competent to stand trial for his alleged crimes in May.
Court records state that Peterson, who lived a few doors down from Mallas on the 700 block of Springen Avenue, tried to stab and scalp Mallas with a Bowie knife during the 12 a.m. hour on Jan. 9. Mallas told authorities that he was working in his garage when Peterson came onto his property, chanting and calling himself a “soul collector” and a “medicine man.”
Then, according to Mallas, Peterson allegedly tried to cut off some of Mallas’ toes. He also tried to scalp him, slit his throat and stab him in the chest. Mallas had to grab onto the blade of the knife in order to keep from being fatally injured, causing deep cuts to his hands as well. Eventually, Peterson stopped his attack and went back to his own home, leaving a trail of Mallas’ blood back to his residence.
When police arrived on scene, they found Mallas with a wounded cheek, foot, and hands. Peterson was arrested at his home, but he allegedly claimed to only have wrestled with Mallas.
Though the first degree assault charge is the lesser charge, Peterson still could serve several years in prison if judge Barbara Hanson accepts his plea.Tags: assault, Courts, Mallas stabbing