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POLSON — A Kalispell man was committed in Polson District Court on March 22 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended. Douglas James Perkins, 34, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of partner or family member assault during a change of plea hearing held February 1 before Judge Molly Owen.

According to court records, on Sept. 15, 2022, law enforcement in Kalispell were called to investigate a possible assault victim. The alleged victim stated she suffered bruising to her face and arms. She said she sustained the bruises while she was traveling in a car in Polson with Perkins on Sept. 10, 2022. The investigation was then transferred to law enforcement in Lake County. A deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation. The deputy was told by the alleged victim that she and Perkins began to argue when she explained to him that she didn’t feel safe around him. She then attempted to call a friend to come and pick her up. That’s when Perkins allegedly took her phone, got out of the car they were in, and pulled her to the ground. She said Perkins then punched, slapped, and stomped on her multiple times, then prevented her from seeking medical attention.

Perkins also admitted to assaulting a different female in Polson on Oct. 22.

Records show Perkins has at least three other convictions of a similar nature, two in Montana and one in California.

Judge Owen gave Perkins credit for having already served 133 days in jail.

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