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Superior man accused in Duluth beating faces jail in Douglas County

A Superior man accused of dropping off a beating victim at a Superior residence and helping hide the man's bloody clothes will spend 177 days in jail.

Chad Loran Siegel, 41, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court last week to an amended charge of obstructing an officer as a party to a crime. He was sentenced to 177 days in jail and $243 in court costs were converted to jail time.

The charge stems from an incident April 21. According to the criminal complaint:

A beating victim named Jason Lane was brought to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital in Superior and later transferred to Duluth with life-threatening injuries. Siegel and Mellisa Coal Martinson, 29, of Sturgeon Lake, Minn., allegedly dropped Lane off at a Superior residence before he was taken to the hospital. Siegel and Martinson put some bloodied items in a bag and threw it in the garbage. They later brought the bag of bloody items to a different residence.

The actual beating allegedly occurred on Skyline Parkway in Duluth.

Martinson pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court in July to one count of aiding a felon. She was sentenced to two years of probation and 70 days in jail.

Seigel and the two other men accused of beating Lane have each been charged in St. Louis County Court with second-degree murder, first-degree assault with great bodily harm and two counts of kidnapping. Siegel made an initial appearance on the charges in St. Louis County on Friday. Bail was set at $200,000 and an omnibus hearing was scheduled for Nov. 6.

Duluth News Tribune staff writer Tom Olsen contributed to this report.