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Man sentenced to probation for assaulting infant


December 19, 2017

Havre Daily News/Paul Dragu

Bruce Collins, front to back, his public defender, Randy Randolph, and Hill County Attorney Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson sit in state District Court in Havre Monday while awaiting Collins' sentencing hearing. Judge Dan Boucher sentenced Collins to three years probation for assault on a minor. Collins previousl pleaded guilty to the charge.

A state district judge sentenced a Havre man to three years probation for hitting a 9-month-old hard enough to cause a hemorrhage in the infant's left eye.

Judge Daniel Boucher sentenced Bruce Collins, born in 1989, to a three-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony assault on a minor. The sentence is part of a plea deal and if Collins abides by his conditions he can have the offense struck from his record.

Boucher said the reason for the sentence is that, aside from minor traffic violations and a marijuana-related conviction, Collins has a clean record. Boucher added that Collins...

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