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Man pleads not guilty to assaulting family member

Update: On Nov. 5, 2018, Hawley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to a 6-month suspended sentence in the county jail, with credit for 51 days served.

A man pleaded not guilty Monday in District Court to assaulting a family member.

Levi J. Hawley’s felony partner or family member assault charge stems from a March 25 incident.

According to court charging documents:

On March 25, Havre Police dispatch received a call about a disturbance at the Havre Quality Inn hotel. The caller reported that Hawley was restrained on the floor.

The officers spoke to Hawley and witnesses including the family member Hawley is accused of assaulting.

Hawley, whom police found with blood around his right eye, said the family member caused the injury but wasn’t sure how.

The family member said the quarrel that led to the violence started earlier at a local Havre bar. She said she had an argument with Hawley that led to him slapping her.

The family member was later invited by a friend to the Quality Inn, where Hawley pushed her, which prompted two people nearby to step between them.

Hawley later came back and went after the family member a second time. This time, someone nearby tackled him.

Hawley was arrested.

A restraining order prohibiting Hawley to get near the family member was signed by District Judge Daniel Boucher Arpil 1.

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