Eagan blues musician pleads guilty to felony assault

Bernard Allison
Bernard Allison

An Eagan blues musician pleaded guilty this week to felony charges stemming from a 2013 assault on his girlfriend during a dispute over music on the radio.

Bernard Allison, 48, pleaded guilty in a Dakota County court April 14 to domestic assault by strangulation, a felony. Allison was also charged with misdemeanor domestic assault, which may be dismissed during his sentencing hearing scheduled June 17 in Hastings.

Court documents lists a Lakeville address for Allison who admitted to choking his girlfriend with whom he shared an Eagan apartment after arguing about music on the radio on Feb. 11, 2013.

After the victim went into the bathroom of their apartment, Allison attempted to force his way in, breaking a glass picture frame in the process.

Eventually, the woman went to a neighbor’s apartment and called police.

Allison was arrested that day and charged Feb. 13.

He is the son of the late blues great Luther Allison.

Allison has a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault from 2002.