Man sentenced for threatening boy with pit bull

2013-02-28T15:00:00Z 2013-02-28T23:57:05Z Man sentenced for threatening boy with pit bullBy GREG TUTTLE gtuttle@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 21-year-old man was sentenced Thursday in District Court for threatening his girlfriend's young son with a pit bull.

Andrew Dale Rollings was ordered to serve a five-year suspended sentence for felony assault on a minor.

Judge Mary Jane Knisely also ordered Rollings to pay a $500 fine and complete anger management and parenting classes.

Rollings was ordered to serve a concurrent five-year suspended sentence for an unrelated felony theft charge for stealing a car. In that case, Knisely ordered him to pay $740 in restitution.

A second felony theft charge involving a $2,400 ring that was pawned for $150 was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Knisely did order Rollings to pay $150 in restitution to the pawn business.

The sentences followed a joint recommendation by prosecutors and Rollings' defense attorney.

Deputy County Attorney Christopher Morris said he has little hope that Rollings will succeed on probation in light of a criminal history that includes five prior felony convictions as a juvenile.

Rollings now has three felony convictions as an adult, Morris said.

Rollings made a brief statement before his was sentenced and spoke directly to the prosecutor.

"I will show you better than say it," he said.

The assault charge stemmed from an incident last May 12 when a Yellowstone County deputy was sent to a disturbance at a residence on Cherylon Street. The caller was the father of two children who were with Rollings, his ex-wife's boyfriend, at the residence.

The older child, a 9-year-old boy, later told the deputy that he and his 5-year-old sister arrived from school and were told by Rollings to work in the yard and then go to their rooms.

The boy said he was in his room when Rollings came in, pinned him to the floor and had his pit bull growl in his face.

Rollings later pleaded no contest to the charge of felony assault on a minor.

On Thursday, the boy's father testified that his son still has nightmares and is afraid of Rollings.

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