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Montana Congressman-Elect Greg Gianforte Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Reporter

By in Huffington Post on June 12, 2017

By Chris D’Angelo

WASHINGTON — Greg Gianforte, the millionaire Republican who on the eve of Montana’s special election for its U.S. House seat was accused of “body-slamming” a reporter, pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor assault, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

After initially sentencing Gianforte to four days in jail, Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West reduced the penalty. Instead of jail time, Gianforte must perform 40 hours of community service, complete 20 hours of anger management training and pay $385 in fines and fees.

BREAKING: Gianforte pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault. #mtpol #mtal

— Whitney Bermes (@wabermes) June 12, 2017

Recap: Gianforte’s sentence is 6 months deferred, 40 hours community service, 20 hours anger management, $385 fine/fees. #mtpol #mtal

— Whitney Bermes (@wabermes) June 12, 2017

“I grabbed for (Jacobs’) wrist. A scuffle ensued and he was injured, as I understand it,” Gianforte told the court Monday, according to the Chronicle.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after attacking Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs last month. Jacobs said Gianforte “body slammed me and broke my glasses” after he asked a question about the Republican health care legislation.

In a statement following Gianforte’s sentence, Guardian U.S. Editor Lee Glendinning said the “decision should remind all those in positions of authority that a free press, like freedom of speech, is one of the building blocks of American democracy.”

“The Guardian thanks our colleagues across the whole media spectrum, whether liberal or conservative, for their solidarity and support for Ben Jacobs […]    

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