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Ceaira Blum, Bismarck, receives deferred sentence on assault charge

Ceaira Jean Blum, 20, Bismarck, received a deferred imposition of sentence for two years of supervised probation on a Class A misdemeanor assault charge on Monday.

Blum had originally been charged with Class C felony aggravated assault and had been accused of punching another woman in the face during an altercation at a Minot hotel on March 14.

Judge Stacy Louser also ordered Blum to have no contact with the victim, to complete an anger management course, and to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation. She must also pay $325 in court costs and restitution yet to be determined.

A deferred sentence means the charge will be dismissed if she successfully completes probation.

Her co-defendant, Mitchell Lee Nielsen, 34, of Bismarck, who had also originally been charged with Class C felony aggravated assault, pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor assault on Sept. 29 and was sentenced to 360 days in jail, all suspended but the four days he had already served in jail, and two years of supervised probation. Nielsen was also ordered to have no contact with the woman, to pay court costs of $325. Nielsen had been accused of punching a woman multiple times with his fists during the altercation.

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