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Man who beat woman and baby sentenced to prison

A man accused of beating a woman and throwing a 7-week-old baby on the ground was sentenced Friday to about four years and seven months in prison.

Levi Sapp, 26, of Mitchell, was arrested on March 30 after police were alerted that there had been a domestic disturbance.

The adult victim said that during the time Sapp had kept her and the baby inside the house, he had thrown objects at her, pushed her down repeatedly and hit her head into a wall. She was left with a bloody and swollen forehead and red marks on her neck, arms, shoulder and leg, according to court documents. The baby had a bruised leg and red marks on her head after the incident.

Judge Patrick Smith sentenced Sapp to 10 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls with five years suspended and credit for the 155 days he spent in jail between his arrest and his sentencing.

Sapp was initially charged with three felonies, including first-degree kidnapping. He originally pleaded not guilty on all counts in May, and a jury trial was set to begin on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to felony aggravated domestic assault, choking, on July 27, and the state dropped all other charges.

In addition to his prison sentence, Sapp was ordered to pay $11,218.28 in restitution, $104 in court costs and $25 for domestic abuse violations.

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