A 20-year-old Nebraska man who was accused of assaulting an individual after the individual’s cousin allegedly looked at the accused man’s girlfriend in a sexual manner was sentenced on Aug. 29. According reports, the incident occurred in Madison in March 2014.
The accused man’s attorney stated that his client sent a text message to the person who had allegedly looked at his girlfriend. The text was supposedly threatening. However, the attorney stated that his client was intoxicated and upset when the incident occurred. The man then reportedly went back to his home where a number of guests were socializing. At some point, he allegedly managed to get a hold of a knife from his kitchen. In the process of holding back the accused man, the victim suffered a cut from the knife.
The attorney stated that, if the case had gone to trial, the defense would have focused on the fact that the incident was not an intentional assault. Ultimately, the man was found guilty on charges of second degree assault and third degree assault. He was sentenced to a maximum of 36 months in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. It was reported that he must spend nine months in jail before he is eligible for parole. It was stated that the man’s attorney had sought probation for the convictions so that his client could seek continuing treatment for mental health issues.
Those who are accused of federal crimes, including assault, may be facing serious consequences that could potentially include a jail sentence, extensive probation and expensive fines. Depending upon certain circumstances of the case, an attorney may be able to provide evidence that their client was not involved in the assault. If the client was involved in the assault, an attorney may be able to provide evidence that the assault occurred in self-defense.
Source: Norfolk Daily News, “Norfolk man gets prison term on assault charges“, Andrea Larson, August 30, 2014
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