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No jail time for man convicted of fourth assault

A Mitchell man accused of threatening a woman with a knife in December was sentenced Tuesday morning and will serve no additional jail time. Elliot Star Iron Shell, 29, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to simple assault during Tuesday's felony court s...

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A Mitchell man accused of threatening a woman with a knife in December was sentenced Tuesday morning and will serve no additional jail time.

Elliot Star Iron Shell, 29, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to simple assault during Tuesday's felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center. He was sentenced to the 22 days he already served in the Davison County Jail following his arrest on Dec. 17, as well as a suspended two-year prison sentence and two years probation.

Star Iron Shell was arrested in connection with a Dec. 16 incident during which an intoxicated Star Iron Shell and a woman got into a disagreement involving a child. Star Iron Shell threatened the woman with a steak knife and stabbed it into the floor, and the woman left the site of the assault and called police.

Deputy State's Attorney Bob O'Keefe said at Star Iron Shell's sentencing that the victim had said she was scared at the time of the assault but that she was confident Star Iron Shell would not have hurt her with the knife.

The severity of the charge to which Star Iron Shell pleaded guilty was increased from simple assault's typical classification as a Class 1 misdemeanor because he was convicted of simple assault on three previous occasions. According to court documents, Star Ironshell was convicted of assaulting a man on Nov. 25, 2013, May 1, 2016, and March 25, 2017, all in Davison County.

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He said Tuesday that the victim of those assaults was a man who he asserts was hurting his mother.

Judge Chris Giles said that while court services could require Star Iron Shell to participate in anger management classes if deemed appropriate in the future, he is not currently required to do so because his problems stem from alcohol use.

"I think if you deal with the alcohol issues, I don't think we're going to have a problem," Giles said.

Star Iron Shell was ordered to pay a $750 fine, $106.50 in court costs and a $25 domestic abuse surcharge. He must also repay court-appointed attorney's fees. While on probation, he cannot drink or become otherwise intoxicated.

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