A Blair man who allegedly assaulted a woman in front of her children was sentenced to probation Tuesday in Washington County District Court.
Raymond F. Pedrick, 48, pleaded no contest March 5 to the amended charge of child abuse, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Judge John E. Samson sentenced Pedrick to two years probation and a $1,000 fine.
But prior to sentencing, Chief Deputy County Attorney Erik Petersen said the state was not opposed to probation though he was concerned about Pedrick's statement to a probation officer that he was “unwilling to participate in terms (of probation) that are outside of his 'character.'”
Pedrick's attorney, Robert Williams of Omaha, defended his client.
“My client's ignorance got the best of him,” Williams said.
Samson admonished Pedrick for his comment.
“There are some terms you won't like and I don't really care,” Samson said.
Samson warned Pedrick if he didn't comply with the terms of probation he would find himself in the courtroom again.
“And you won't like what happens,” he said.
Pedrick was arrested Aug. 21.
According to the arrest affidavit, Blair police took a report of an assault from the victim at approximately 11:54 p.m. at the police station.
The woman said Pedrick had physically assaulted her, choking her with his hands, physically restrained her arms and hands and hit her in the right eye. Officers observed red marks on the woman's neck, her right forearm, as well as bruising above her right eye and above the right side of her lip.
The victim was checked by Blair Rescue, but refused transport to the hospital.
Pedrick was arrested at his residence at 1 Longview Drive and transported to the Washington County Jail. According to the report, Pedrick admitted to being involved in a physical altercation with the victim.