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Knife-wielding man to spend more than six months in prison

CHAMBERLAIN--A man charged with climbing into a woman's window, chasing her with a knife and trying to slash her tires in August was sentenced on Tuesday to spend about six and a half months in prison.

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CHAMBERLAIN-A man charged with climbing into a woman's window, chasing her with a knife and trying to slash her tires in August was sentenced on Tuesday to spend about six and a half months in prison.

Sontos Neck, 41, of Chamberlain, was arrested Aug. 19 after police responded to a call informing them of a man coming after a woman with a knife. Neck reportedly only stopped chasing the woman when a responding officer pointed a taser at him.

According to court documents, Neck got into the woman's house by pulling her air conditioner out of the window and then climbing in through that window, breaking the windowsill in the process.

The woman was walking back to her house when she saw Neck walk outside with a large knife and begin trying to cut the tires on her car. When she told him to stop, he turned to her. She ran away, and he chased her, eventually turning back and again trying to slash the tires, then giving up and going back into the house.

Neck was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon, third-degree burglary, and intentional damage to property worth between $400 and $1,000.

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On Sept. 18, Neck pleaded nolo contendere to aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon.

On Tuesday, Neck was convicted on that charge and sentenced by a Brule County court to 36 months in the state penitentiary with 28 months suspended and credit for 43 days served. He was ordered to pay $106 in court costs and a $25 fee for domestic abuse.

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