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

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.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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