Assault On Deputy Brings Jail Time

A jail sentence was given to a 19-year-old Union man who pleaded guilty to third degree assault of a peace officer, a Class IIIA Felony.

Jacob Ellis was sentenced to six months in Cass County Jail and must pay $1562 in restitution for a June 16th, 2008 incident.

The Cassgram says taht according to previous court statements and the sheriff’s department account, Ellis was one of the individuals involved in a disturbance in Union that brought deputies to the scene.

He was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car. Ellis kicked out a window in the car and was being placed in another patrol car when Ellis then kicked a deputy in the arms and legs, causing abrasions and scratch marks.

Four other counts were dropped and the prosecution agreed to remain silent at sentencing as part of a plea agreement.

Defense attorney Michael Ziskey called attention to the fact Ellis had no adult record and no history of violent or aggressive behavior. He said the actions of Ellis that night were "more reckless than intentional" and "very out of character."

Ellis spoke on his own behalf and apologized. He termed his behavior that night as "out of control" and said for the first time in his life he wanted to quit drinking and better himself.

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