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A Billings man accused of throwing a tape measure at his boss when he was fired was charged Wednesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.

Shaun Michael Anderson, 30, appeared in court by video from the county jail on a felony charge of assault with a weapon.

Judge Larry Herman set bond at $10,000 after a prosecutor said Anderson has two prior felony convictions and is currently on parole.

According to court records, a man identified by the initials J.S. called police on Nov. 28. to report that he had been assaulted by a former employee.

J.S. told an officer that Anderson worked for him. Three days earlier, on a Monday morning, Anderson called to say he couldn't come to work because he had driven his truck into a ditch, J.S. said.

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The next day, J.S. said, Anderson explained that he missed work the day before because he had damaged his truck and had to "beat the truck axle back into place with a sledgehammer," court records state.

Later, J.S. said, he looked at Anderson's truck and could see no damage to support Anderson's claim.

J.S. confronted Anderson the next day about the bogus excuse for missing work. Anderson replied: "If you don't believe me, fire me." 

J.S. said he fired Anderson, who prosecutors say became angry and threw a tape measure at J.S. that struck him in the chin. The tool caused a cut that required two stitches, according to court records.

Anderson was arrested recently on a warrant.

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State courts reporter for the Billings Gazette.