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Forum News Service, Published October 19 2013

Man convicted of firing gun near daughter’s head

KENNEBEC, S.D. - A Presho man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for repeatedly firing a gun near his young daughter’s head.

Clinton James Brown pleaded guilty in August to one count of aggravated assault, and also admitted to being a habitual offender. Brown, 36, was sentenced Friday at the Lyman County Courthouse in Kennebec.

Though the one count of aggravated assault was the only conviction, Brown was also indicted last year by a Lyman County grand jury for, according to court documents, kidnapping his 10-year-old daughter Aug. 17, 2012, and then choking her, firing a gun near her head and striking her with the butt of a gun. He was also charged in an incident Aug. 15, his daughter’s birthday, when he allegedly shot her dog in front of her.

The maximum penalty for aggravated assault is typically 15 years in prison, but because Brown admitted to being a habitual offender, that was increased to a maximum of 25 years in prison.

In June, Brown was sentenced in federal court to 51 months in prison for being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm.