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A Hot Springs woman who admitted to biting another woman’s eye and possessing methamphetamine pled guilty to aggravated assault and criminal possession of dangerous drugs at Lake County District Court in Polson on April 9.

According to court records, the assault victim told investigators that on July 7, 2018, in Elmo, Evelyn Josephine Franks, 27, began hitting her and biting her. Charging documents show no motive for the attack. The victim said Franks bit her ankle and wrist and hit her. She said at one point she thought, “Her eye was going to pop out of its socket.”

Court records show the victim sought treatment at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. Her eye was “oozing blood.” She was observed with bruised and swollen lacerations on her eyelid. The physician treating the victim said the victim’s eye required consultation for microscopic repair.

Franks was already facing a drug possession charge when the assault occurred. Franks’ guilty pleas came as part of a plea agreement that will dismiss another drug possession charge at sentencing. Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher set sentencing for May 28.


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