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Assault Victim Gets Facial Reconstructive Surgery; Attacker Gets Probation

A Carl Junction man that pleaded guilty to choking and punching another man in the head and face last year has been given a suspended sentence and two years of unsupervised probation. 37-year-old Mark Birch was charged with second-degree assault, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault earlier this week. According to court documents, the victim, 23-year-old Derek Boatright, had to have facial reconstructive surgery to repair a broken eye socket from the attack.

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