KENNEBEC, S.D. – (DRG News) A Presho man entered a guilty plea yesterday to an Aggravated Assault-Domestic Abuse count leveled against him in state court. 36-year-old Clint Brown was indicted for several charges about a year ago in Lyman County after authorities alleged that he shot his young daughter’s dog in front of her on her birthday and taunted her after she refused to follow his orders to kill the dog for barking. He is also accused of detaining the girl in his vehicle in a field, choking her and hitting her with the butt of a gun, pointing the firearm at her and shooting it near her head while he was under the influence of drugs. In court yesterday, Brown pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault Domestic Abuse. He also admitted to being a habitual offender, which increases the penalty for the assault count to 50 years, a $50,000 fine or both. Sara Rabern with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office says the state has agreed to recommend that 25 years be suspended from a 50 year sentence and will ask that the state sentence run consecutively with a separate prison term Brown received in federal court.
Brown pleaded guilty in April at the federal courthouse in Pierre to Felon and Drug User in Possession of a Firearm. After Brown was arrested in Lyman County last August, it was determined he possessed two firearms and had been using methamphetamine. He had previously been convicted of three felony offenses in Lyman County and Pennington County in 2004. He was sentenced in federal court on June 13 to 51 months in custody.
Brown is expected to be sentenced in Lyman County later this fall. Court officials have tentatively set his next appearance for October 18 in Kennebec.
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