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A man who attacked and choked his girlfriend as she held the couple's 8-month-old baby in her arms was sentenced Thursday to state custody.

Dean Stanley Ewing, 23, received five years with the state Department of Corrections, with two years suspended, for aggravated assault.

District Judge Susan Watters rejected a request from Ewing's court-appointed attorney for a deferred sentence, calling the crime a serious offense. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of five years in custody.

Ewing pleaded guilty to the charge for an incident last June 16 at a residence on Howard Street. The woman, Mandy Munion, told police that Ewing, her boyfriend, had threatened her with a knife and twice choked her until she could not breathe.

Munion said she was holding the couple's 8-month-old baby during one of the choking assaults. She said Ewing accused her of being unfaithful.

As part of a plea agreement, a second felony charge of assault with a weapon was dismissed. 

Munion testified Thursday that she did not want Ewing sent to jail, but suggested he needs parenting and anger management classes. According to court records, the couple have remained together and now live in Harlowton.

Ewing briefly apologized before he was sentenced.  

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