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Paynesville man enters pleas to three charges in party incident that led to assault and vehicle chase

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WILLMAR -- A 28-year-old Paynesville man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday on three misdemeanor charges filed after a Sept. 6 incident at a rural Belgrade home.


Robert Stanley Jones entered pleas in Kandiyohi County District Court to charges of fifth-degree assault, driving while impaired and fourth-degree property damage. Under a plea agreement, a felony charge of second-degree assault plus four misdemeanor charges were dismissed.

Jones was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail, with credit for 79 days served, and sentenced to $600 in fines and ordered to pay $385 in restitution.

The charges were filed after two Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called around 1 a.m. Sept. 6 to a home in rural Belgrade.

A man there reported that Jones had been there at a party, had been drinking and started calling a woman names.

The man said that he asked Jones to leave the party when Jones subsequently as-saulted him, got into a vehicle and chased him and several other people around the place at a high rate of speed.

The man said Jones came back later and ran over fence posts and a horse watering tank and left again. Other witnesses confirmed the man's story.

One of the deputies went to a rural Hawick address where Jones was located.

A breath test showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.22.

He was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where a breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.16.