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Rosa gets five years for aggravated assault

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POLSON – A Ronan man was sentenced last week to five years in the Montana State Prison for aggravated assault.

Daniel Olin Rosa, 33, was originally charged with criminal endangerment and aggravated assault following an incident where he crashed a car into a garage and punched a woman in the face. 

In court on Dec. 6, Judge James A. Manley said Rosa broke the woman’s nose. According to a court document, Rosa gave the woman a black eye and numerous bruises, took her phone and car keys and left the Ronan residence. 

“I think they need to start doing some serious time for that,” Manley said, adding that he is going to start being punitive, especially for those with of a history of assault. 

Probation and Parole officer Katie Campbell testified that the victim agreed with the plea agreement. 

Rosa’s sentence will run concurrent to a three-year sentence to the Department of Corrections that he received earlier this year for drug possession. In that case, police found 17 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale along with multiple pipes and scales, a spoon with residue on it, large capacity rifle magazines and a bulletproof vest. 

A probation and parole employee said the DOC sentence will convert to a sentence in the state prison because of the new sentence.

Rosa was given credit for 160 days in jail.

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