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Yankton man pleads no contest in machete assault

YANKTON (AP) — A Yankton man who attempted to strike his neighbor with a machete has pleaded no contest.

The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports that 43-year-old Ernest Randles was deemed competent to face an aggravated assault charge stemming from the February 2012 incident.

Authorities say a victim reported that Randles had swung a machete at him twice, requiring him to duck to avoid a head injury. During the scuffle, Randles struck a stereo speaker with the machete.

Law enforcement officers used a Taser stun gun to subdue Randles.

Randles faces up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. He is slated to be sentenced on Monday.

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