Gianforte Is Sentenced for Assaulting Reporter

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A Montana judge ordered Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte to perform 40 hours of community service, take 20 hours of anger management classes, and pay a $385 fine after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected, the Wall Street Journal reports. Gianforte, a Republican, was accused of body slamming Ben Jacobs after the reporter for the Guardian asked him a question on May 24. The Gallatin County sheriff filed a misdemeanor assault charge against Gianforte, casting a pall over his campaign in its final hours. Gianforte won the election by six points. He paid Jacobs more than $4,600 for medical costs.

”I take full responsibility for my actions,” Gianforte said to media after the court hearing. “I didn’t act in a way that was consistent to my behavior in the past and that’s why I was pleased to be here and get this done so we can move forward.” Jason Thielman, chief of staff for Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), said Gianforte has the support of the Republican base in the state and that voters will be watching what he does in Washington. Gianforte has apologized to Jacobs and said he would donate $50,000 to a nonprofit group that promotes press freedom.

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