Man with machete gets probation

Michael Kochen

Pleads guilty to violating a protective order.

Posted: Apr. 2, 2018 1:42 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A man accused of showing up at his estranged wife’s house with a machete is pleading guilty.

Michael Jaye Kochen, 36 of Rochester, entered a guilty plea Monday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse-violating an order of protection. He was arrested on October 19, 2017, after Olmsted County sheriff’s deputies were called to a Stewartville home.

Kochen had reportedly been pounding on the door and demanding his wife leave the house. Deputies say he explained having the machete by saying he brought it to cut a weed in the driveway.

Kochen has been sentenced to one year of supervised probation and must pay $400 or do 40 hours of community work service.

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