Sentence In Assault On Village Board Member

Sentence for a Union man in an assault on an elected official. It comes after pleas of no contest to two misdemeanors. 29-year-old Steve Bescheinen received 18 months probation and was ordered to spend three weekends in the Cass County Jail.

On July 23rd of last year, Bescheinen was arrested on suspicion of an assault on David Chipman, a Union Village Board of Trustees member, at the Brown Bottle Bar in Union. Bescheinen was angry about Chipman’s support of a public nuisance lawsuit the village board filed against his father. (The successful lawsuit asked the court to order Bill Bescheinen to comply with a board directive to clean-up several properties he owns in Union. -Cassgram archives 9/20/11)

In a plea agreement, Bescheinen pled no contest to 3rd degree assault, a Class I Misdemeanor, and to criminal mischief, a Class III Misdemeanor. Two Class IV Felonies were dismissed.

Defense attorney John Volcker referred to testimony from the preliminary hearing in asking for probation. Volcker said testimony from witnesses in the bar that night showed that Bescheinen’s actions—placing his hands on Chipman around the shoulders and neck—was “menacing” or “a show of intimidation” but was “not violent” and “not strangulation.”

Cass County District Judge Randall Rehmeier said he agreed with the prosecutor, Chief Deputy Cass County Attorney Colin Palm, that some jail time was appropriate with a probation sentence. “This is no way to settle disputes,” said Rehmeier. There “should be consequences in the eyes of the public,” said the judge, noting that this case involved a public official.

There was also a restitution order for $20 to pay the replacement deductible on Chipman’s cell phone that was broken during the disturbance.

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