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Red Lake man pleads guilty to assaulting woman

A Red Lake, Minn., man accused of brutally beating a woman over the course of several days pleaded guilty Tuesday in St. Paul's federal court to an assault charge, the U.S. attorney's office said in a news release.

As part of a plea agreement, Christopher Michael Strong admitted to beating the woman Nov. 11 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, the release said.

Red Lake tribal police reported finding the woman lying on a bed next to Strong. Her eyes were swollen shut; her nose was broken; she had a bite mark on her back, a cut on her jaw and bruises on her arms, legs, shoulders and face.

She told officers Strong had kicked and hit her over the course of several days. She also told police he had smashed her face against a wooden stand.

Strong, 31, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. His sentencing date has not been scheduled.

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