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Man sentenced in domestic abuse case

Charles Louis Hanks III, 32, of 36096 Lynx Lane, White Earth was sentenced for violating a domestic abuse restraining order, a gross misdemeanor.

A felony charge of first-degree burglary and a gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault were dismissed in a plea agreement.

On Nov. 5 he was convicted of domestic assault against a woman with whom they share an infant daughter and his sentence included a no-contact order with the woman, according to court records.

On Feb. 17 he assaulted the woman, with whom he had been staying, striking her in the face about five times as they rode in the back seat together with their child on the way home from a babysitter's house. He also pushed her out of the car and then made her get back in.

The driver of the car was angry about Hanks' behavior and confronted him, causing police to be called, according to court records.

A White Earth police officer gave Hanks a ride to another residence after the woman said he was not welcome in the home. He returned a short time later, extremely intoxicated, and kicked in the locked back door. He trashed the house and woke the baby, then took the woman's coat away so she couldn't leave.

The woman eventually took the child and fled the home anyway. She suffered lumps and bruises on her face, ankle and arm from the incident.

On Wednesday, District Judge Peter Irvine dismissed counts 1 and 3 and sentenced him to 365 days in jail, 328 days stayed two years. He was given credit for 37 days served and will not have to serve more jail time. He was fined $900 plus fees, ordered to submit to random drug testing, and to follow all recommendations of a current treatment plan.