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Salisbury pleads guilty to assault

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POLSON — A Polson man has admitted to his involvement in a domestic disturbance that occurred in September. Shawn Allen Salisbury, 46, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to partner or family member assault. Salisbury also admitted that he has two prior convictions for partner or family member assault, making this his third conviction and qualifying the charge as a felony.

According to court records, on Sept. 15, Polson police responded to a 911 call regarding a possible assault. Dispatchers could hear yelling and what sounded like items being thrown around in the background. At the scene officers located Salisbury who stated, “bring me to jail.” Salisbury had an injury to his hand and was taken into custody. The alleged victim was crying. She stated that Salisbury hit her along the side of the head. Officers observed that she appeared to have a black eye. They also observed items thrown around and trash scattered about the living room. The alleged victim also stated that Salisbury had broken down her door prior to this most recent incident. The officers documented damage to the door including cracks in the door frame and a missing handle.

Lake County Attorney James Lapotka told the court that Salisbury has another domestic assault charge pending in Flathead County.

Judge Molly Owen set a sentencing date of Jan. 4, 2023. Salisbury will likely be credited for having already served 48 days in the Lake County jail.

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