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Man who hit 2 with metal pipe, slapped girlfriend to wake her sentenced to 51 months in prison

Aaron Thompson

CROOKSTON—A Grand Forks man has been sentenced to 51 months in prison on multiple charges, including for hitting two people with a metal pipe in East Grand Forks and slapping his girlfriend to wake her.

Aaron Scott Thompson, 29, appeared Thursday in Polk County District Court to be sentenced in four different cases.

In the case that resulted in the most hefty sentence, Thompson was charged in September with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree rioting, all felonies, for hitting two people with a metal pipe July 20 in an East Grand Forks yard. He pleaded guilty to two of the assault charges March 23. The court dismissed the other two charges.

He was sentenced to 51 months in prison for one of the assault charges, to be served at the same time as a 45 month sentence for the other assault charge.

In another case, Thompson was charged in August with two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and one felony count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for going into his girlfriend's apartment two days in a row and waking her up by slapping her and pinning her to the ground.

Thompson pleaded guilty to both domestic assault charges March 23. He was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail for each of the domestic assault charges. The court dismissed the felony.

In the third case, Thompson was charged with eight misdemeanors of violating a no-contact order with his girlfriend. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail Thursday on four of the misdemeanors, and the other four charges were dismissed.

In the final case, Thompson was sentenced to one year in jail for a gross misdemeanor driving while impaired incident that occurred Aug. 17. His other charge in this case, a fifth-degree possession controlled substance felony, was dismissed.

All of these sentences will be served at the same time at a St. Cloud, Minn., prison.

Becky Jacobs

Becky Jacobs is the crime and courts reporter for the Herald.

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