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Hutterite man gets jail for abuse

ALEXANDRIA — An Oak Lane Hutterite Colony man pleaded guilty to felony child abuse Tuesday for his role in striking a juvenile male.

Jake Wipf, 61, pleaded guilty to abuse of a minor. He entered the plea during court at the Hanson County Courthouse.

He was sentenced to serve 15 days in jail and to pay a $2,000 fine and $104 in court costs. He received a suspended imposition of sentence, which means if he abides by all the rules of his two-year probation period, he has the chance to clear the felony from his record.

Wipf will serve his first eight days in jail immediately and the final seven days starting Feb. 15, 2014.

He must also issue written letters of apology to Daniel and Helen Wipf, the victim’s parents, and one to the victim, by 5 p.m. Oct. 19. He must also give those letters to his court services officer.

During the proceeding, Wipf indicated he “strapped” the minor, likely with a belt or other item, said Doug Papendick, prosecuting attorney.

The “strapping” left bruising and welts on the victim’s back and buttocks.

Papendick said the incident, which happened in February, “had something to do with some disciplinary measures.”

Judge Tim Bjorkman also ordered that as a result of Tuesday’s sentencing, Jake Wipf cannot take or cause someone else to take retribution against Helen and Daniel Wipf, or against the victim.