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Michael Dennis II, Minot, sentenced to three days time served for beating, strangling pregnant woman

Michael Lamart Dennis II, 24, Minot, entered an Alford plea on Monday to a charge that he slapped, punched, strangled and scratched his pregnant girlfriend on March 30.

The Alford plea means that Dennis maintains his innocence regarding the Class C felony aggravated assault – domestic violence charge, but acknowledges that the state has enough evidence that he might be found guilty at trial.

Court records show that Judge Richard Hagar sentenced Dennis to a total of 18 months in prison, with a requirement that he serve three days, and three years of supervised probation. Hagar also ordered Dennis to complete an anger management class and to pay $1,100 in court costs.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the victim was six months pregnant at the time. She intervened in a fight between two male guests at the apartment and Dennis then punched her several times and tried to strangle her twice. The woman told police that she lost consciousness and believed that she was going to die. Dennis had denied that he was in the apartment that night.

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