A Mitchell man charged earlier this month with hitting a 6-year-old in the face and threatening to kill a woman was convicted last week of two counts of simple assault.
Fredrich Roper, 30, was given two consecutive 180-day jail sentences after pleading guilty to the Class 1 misdemeanor, and all jail time was suspended.
Police responded to a North Wisconsin Street residence shortly before 8 a.m. on Aug. 19 and reportedly found Roper hiding in a locked bedroom. According to court documents, witness statements revealed that at about 1 a.m., Roper had been angry at a woman, threatened her life and pushed her, causing her to hit her face on a cabinet.
A 6-year-old boy confirmed the story and told police that Roper had hit him in the face with an open hand.
Roper was first charged with one count of simple assault and one count of abuse or cruelty to a minor under the age of 7, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The child abuse charge was dropped when he entered guilty pleas.
Roper was ordered to pay $710 in fines, court costs and a domestic abuse surcharge.