LAKE ANDES-A Wagner man convicted of assaulting a woman with a knife will not serve prison time, a Charles Mix County court ruled on April 29.
Nelson McBride Sr., 28, was given a 10-year suspended penitentiary sentence and five years probation after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated assault.
He was given a jail sentence equivalent to the 117 days he had been in jail since he was arrested in November and charged with aggravated assault, burglary, stalking, simple assault and interference with emergency communications.
A warrant was issued for McBride's arrest on the afternoon of Nov. 3 after police responded to South Main Street in Wagner for a reported fight between McBride and a woman. The woman, who had cuts on her hand and chest, according to court documents, told police that McBride had threatened her, cut her with a knife and punched and bitten her before leaving the scene.
Over a two-week period, McBride then allegedly broke into the same woman's house twice, though she told police she had nailed doors and windows shut. During one of those incidents, McBride allegedly assaulted the woman and broke her phone. The woman had a protection order in place when the latter charges were filed, and charges of violating a valid court order were added to his original case.
McBride was arrested on Nov. 16 and released on a personal recognizance bond on Dec. 6. Additional arrest warrants were issued when McBride failed to appear for a plea hearing, and he was arrested again on Jan. 15.
All charges in the two more recent cases were dismissed on Dec. 21. McBride pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault causing bodily injury with a dangerous weapon on March 18, and his remaining charges were dropped.