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Murdo man convicted of assault

MURDO--A Murdo man was ordered to pay $2,154.66 in restitution, fines and court costs Wednesday after being convicted of assaulting a woman in September.

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MURDO-A Murdo man was ordered to pay $2,154.66 in restitution, fines and court costs Wednesday after being convicted of assaulting a woman in September.

Daniel Patterson, 31, was arrested on Sept. 25 after a woman told police that he had grabbed her neck and choked her during a fight.

The woman reportedly said that Patterson had fallen asleep on a couch after she had driven him home from a bar earlier that night, and that he had woken up and begun yelling, leading to the fight. According to court documents, the woman had small bruises on one side of her neck and red marks on her chest and complained of neck pain after the incident.

Patterson was initially charged with aggravated assault - choking, a Class 3 felony. He was subsequently charged with domestic abuse simple assault intentionally causing bodily injury, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and being a habitual offender with one or two prior felony convictions, which does not carry a charge of its own but has the potential to raise other charges to a more serious classification. A court filing shows that Patterson was convicted of a third-offense DUI in 2014.

Patterson was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 246 days suspended and credit for 119 days served. He was ordered to pay $1,629.66 in restitution to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, $500 in fines and court costs and $25 for a domestic abuse violation. He must complete a behavioral health evaluation and is not allowed to have contact with the victim for two years.

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Patterson pleaded guilty to the simple assault charge on Nov. 19, and he was sentenced for that charge Wednesday. The state dismissed the remainder of the charges.

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