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A Huron man pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center to a January assault on a Mitchell jailer.

The man also pleaded no contest to intentional property damage.

Jeremiah Hart, 23, was one of about four people involved in burning a stolen car in Mitchell in September. Assistant State's Attorney Bob O'Keefe said it is unclear who set the car on fire, but Hart was involved by "at least aiding and abetting others involved."

"I believe he helped put the car down a ditch to where it was set on fire," O'Keefe said.

After he was arrested for and charged with intentional property damage, Hart was held in the Davison County Jail. On Jan. 1, he assaulted part-time corrections officer James Dietz, who suffered multiple facial injuries that required hospitalization.

The aggravated assault conviction carries a maximum of 25 years in prison, a $50,000 fine or both. The intentional damage conviction carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both.

As part of a plea agreement, the state has agreed to ask for a sentence of no more than 25 years.

Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered a psychological evaluation and scheduled sentencing for September.