Oakes Man Acquitted of Aggravated Assault, Guilty of Preventing Arrest


OAKES, N.D. (NewsDakota.com)- An Oakes man was charged on Tuesday January 8th with preventing arrest or discharge of other duties stemming from an incident in early August.

On August 4, a criminal complaint alleged Francisco Eugenio Bethancorth, 30, assaulted and choked his sister in an apartment. Authorities say they found a baggy in the apartment which contained cocaine and “several devices” used to ingest the drug.

The ruling was handed down on Tuesday charging Bethancorth with preventing arrest, but he was acquitted from aggravated assault, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bethancorth has been in jail for 78 days and will be in jail for another 282 days. After his jail time, Bethancorth will be on unsupervised probation until January of 2020. During his probation, he can not be in any bars after 5:00 PM.

Bethancorth will also have to pay 360 dollars in legal fees.

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