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Man gets two months jail time for airsoft gun incident

LAKE ANDES--A man arrested in July for threatening people in a bar with an airsoft gun while intoxicated was sentenced to two months in jail and six years probation earlier this month.

LAKE ANDES-A man arrested in July for threatening people in a bar with an airsoft gun while intoxicated was sentenced to two months in jail and six years probation earlier this month.

Jonah Thin Elk, 24, of Lake Andes, was convicted on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Sept. 5.

Thin Elk was arrested on the night of July 18 when a bartender called police and said that a man in the bar was waving a gun around. After Thin Elk was detained, multiple bar patrons reportedly said that Thin Elk had tried to use the gun to intimidate them into buying him a drink and that he had pointed the gun both at himself and at another person.

On Aug. 20, Thin Elk, who was on probation at the time of the incident in the bar, pleaded not guilty to six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony. On the day he was sentenced, Thin Elk pleaded guilty to one count.

The state dropped the five additional counts of assault and took no formal action on the probation violation charge.

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Thin Elk was sentenced to a suspended eight-year sentence in the state penitentiary and 16 days in jail with credit for 16 days served. His two separate 30-day jail sentences are scheduled to begin on Jan. 1 and April 1.

In addition to serving jail time and being put on probation for six years, Thin Elk was ordered to get mental health and chemical dependency evaluations and participate in moral reconation therapy. He must also repay court-appointed attorney's fees.

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