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Published December 28, 2010, 03:52 PM

SD Man Sentenced for Assaulting Fargo Cop

A 27-year-old South Dakota man was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for assaulting a Fargo police officer who was preparing to pat him down before his trip to the hospital for detoxification.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A 27-year-old South Dakota man was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for assaulting a Fargo police officer who was preparing to pat him down before his trip to the hospital for detoxification.

The Forum reports that Norman Bluecoat will receive credit for the 108 days he has spent in the Cass County Jail since the Sept. 14 incident.

The Eagle Butte man pleaded guilty to felony counts of simple assault and preventing arrest.

Bluecoat's public defender, Monty Mertz, says Bluecoat punched the officer in the chest and grabbed the officer's ear, digging in with his fingernails and causing the officer to bleed.

But Mertz says Bluecoat sustained more severe injuries as the officer punched him four to five times.

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