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Judge rejects plea deal in domestic assault case

August 6, 2019

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A North Central District Judge has rejected a plea deal for a man accused of choking and punching his girlfriend causing her to lose consciousness.

Matthew Herschlip and prosecutors reached an agreement that had the 27-year-old Bottineau man pleading to a misdemeanor assault charge instead of felony aggravated assault for the attack last September.

The Minot Daily News reports Judge Gary Lee, already annoyed that the Ward County state’s attorney was nearly 20 minutes for court, said Monday the plea deal was coming to him on the eve of a jury trial scheduled to begin Tuesday. Lee then told attorneys to take the proposed plea deal to the trial judge.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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