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Skov pleads guilty to assault on a peace officer

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POLSON — A Polson man was committed at District Court in Polson on April 27 to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended on one count of assault on a peace or judicial officer. Kai Earl Skov, 50, was sentenced in accordance with a plea agreement reached March 9 that dismisses misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

According to charging documents, on Jan. 4, Lake County emergency dispatchers requested Polson Police respond to Skov’s residence on a report that Skov was screaming and cussing, and that a shot may have been fired. At the scene, two responding officers observed Skov standing on his porch. As the officers approached, Skov went back inside. The officers rang the doorbell and knocked on the door and called for Skov to come out, but Skov allegedly refused. Skov eventually appeared and confronted one of the officers, then picked up a metallic object with a blade on it and held it over his head as if to throw it at the officers. One of the officers deployed his stun gun and forced Skov to the ground. Skov resisted and kicked one of the officers in the face. Skov was taken into custody but continued to be belligerent during the booking process.

Judge James Manley gave Skov credit for having already served 113 days in the Lake County jail, and Skov was remanded to the Lake County Sheriff for transport to the DOC.

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