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Man with multiple prior convictions charged with domestic assault

Malwitz is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 22.

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LUVERNE — A Luverne man is being charged with a felony count of domestic assault, for allegedly committing an act of domestic violence within ten years of two or more related convictions.

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Local law enforcement was dispatched to a Luverne residence on a report of an assault. Upon arriving, they met with the victim, who had an open cut across her nose.

The victim stated that she had been arguing with her son, Kevin James Malwitz, 27, and that he’d thrown something at her. The victim repeatedly stated she did not want to get Malwitz in trouble.

When officers asked where Malwitz was, the victim told them he had left. The reporting party, who had witnessed the incident, then joined the conversation and stated that Malwitz was currently upstairs. Officers were led into the house and found Malwitz sleeping in an upstairs bedroom.

He was placed under arrest and declined to give a statement beyond that he and the victim had argued earlier. Bail, with conditions, was set at $20,000.

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Malwitz has multiple past domestic violence-related convictions from 2017, 2018, and 2020. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court on Aug. 22.

If convicted, Malwitz faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org .

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