18-year-old charged with stabbing stepfather in New Auburn


An 18-year-old New Auburn man has been charged with second degree assault for allegedly slashing his 31-year-old stepfather’s throat with a knife last Tuesday night in New Auburn.

Brendyn Michaletz was charged last Wednesday in Sibley County District Court with assault of Zachary Dahl. The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison, $20,000 fine or both.

Bail was set Thursday at $10,000 cash or $100,000 bond. He is to have no contact with his step-father and stay away from the residence of the victim. He may pick up supplies at home with law enforcement.

The Sibley County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Dahl residence, 10461 10th Street in New Auburn March 2 at 8:38 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Michaletz’s mother Dana overheard an argument between Brendyn and Dahl. She then observed struggle between the two in the kitchen.

In the complaint, Michaletz’s mother described Brendyn as a “high functioning autistic” who was on several medications. He is currently a student at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. Michaletz allegedly told his mother previously that he wanted to kill or stab Dahl, according to the complaint.

Dahl told law enforcement that an argument occurred between the two because Michaletz wanted to use the Internet. Dahl said he told him that since he didn’t have a job, he was expected to work in the house and do chores four hours per day.

Dahl was treated for knife injuries to his neck, by New Auburn Rescue, Glencoe Ambulance, and the Glencoe Hospital. Dahl was treated and released from the hospital.

Michaletz’s next court appearance is set for March 11.