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Hawkins sentenced to four years

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POLSON — A Pablo man was sentenced at District Court in Polson Jan. 13 to four years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all that time suspended on a felony partner or family member conviction. Cory William Hawkins, 45, has two prior misdemeanor convictions, one involving the same victim.

According to court records, on Aug. 24 the Lake County dispatch center received two 911 calls regarding an alleged assault in Pablo. One of the reporting parties indicated that the victim of the assault came to their residence and said she had been choked. When law enforcement arrived they observed what they described as a distraught victim. She had red marks on her neck, had a raspy voice and her daughter was trying to comfort her. She told investigators that she and Hawkins were in an argument that turned physical. Records show Hawkins has two prior convictions for misdemeanor PFMA. A third PFMA conviction rises to the felony level under Montana Code Annotated.

Prosecutor Molly Owen with the Lake County Attorney’s office told presiding Judge Robert G. Olson that the victim’s father was wanting a harsher punishment but the victim “stymied prosecution efforts.”

Judge Olson appeared remotely from the 9th Judicial District.

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