John Thongphet, Minot, sentenced for simple assault

John Kirby Thongphet, 30, Minot, who had originally been charged with Class C felony aggravated assault – domestic violence after punching an adult during an argument on May 17, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of Class B misdemeanor simple assault in district court in Minot on Thursday.

Judge Stacy Louser sentenced him to 30 days in jail, all suspended but the two days he has already served, and 360 days of unsupervised probation. Thongphet must also obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and complete an anger management course. He must also pay $250 in court costs. Restitution in the case is reserved for 90 days. The victim is in agreement with the sentence and does not want a no contact order, according to the prosecutor.

Thongphet’s attorney, Ashley Gulke, said Thongphet has already obtained the chemical dependency evaluation and is enrolled in an anger management class and proof will be submitted to the court.


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