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Baese sentenced for assault

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A Woods Bay man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Dec. 4 to the Montana State Department of Corrections for five years with no time suspended for solicitation of tampering with witnesses and informants, a felony. He was also sentenced to one year in jail for misdemeanor partner or family member assault.

Dana Allen Baese, 31, entered a guilty plea to the charges during an earlier court appearance without the benefit of a plea bargain, putting him at the mercy of the court.

Baese had just been convicted of felony criminal endangerment in February and had the imposition of sentencing deferred for three years at sentencing on April 17. The conviction was based on Baese entering into a plea agreement that amended one count of strangulation of a partner or family member, a felony, to criminal endangerment, a felony. The felony assault with a weapon charge and a misdemeanor count of partner or family member assault were both dismissed as part of that plea deal.

Baese quickly violated the terms of the deferred sentenced, so it was revoked, and he was sentenced to the department of corrections for five years, all suspended.

Baese was on probation on that conviction when he assaulted the same victim again in July. This time she was nine-months pregnant, and the assault caused her to go into labor, according to prosecutor Molly Owen with the Lake County Attorney’s Office.

Court records indicate that Baese threatened to cut “their baby” out of the victim’s womb and “beat her with it.”

While in the Lake County jail, Baese was caught speaking to family members on a monitored jail phone about trying to get the victim to change her story.

District Judge James Manley gave Baese credit for 56 days served in the Lake County jail and recommended he be screened for mental health treatment.


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