by Sarah Squires
Steven Michael Eldridge, 19, of Winona, was sentenced to nine months in jail and 15 years probation for his admitted role in the 2004 rape of a 16-year-old girl.
Eldridge is one of four people charged in connection with the crime, in which the victim needed surgery to stop bleeding after being raped while unconscious with a beer can, according to court documents.
Eldridge pleaded guilty to one charge of felony sexual assault. If he violates the terms of his 15-year probation sentence, he could face up to four years in prison. He must also pay $10,000 in restitution, register as a sex offender, complete a treatment program, not drink alcohol or take drugs and have no contact with the victim.