GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A city attorney in Montana is deferring prosecution of a sheriff charged with assaulting his girlfriend during a law enforcement convention.

Helena City Attorney Thomas Jodoin tells the Great Falls Tribune (gftrib.com/2u4xrsZ) that the woman would not testify against Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards.

Edwards could have the misdemeanor partner or family member assault charge dismissed on Feb. 1 if he remains law abiding for six months, completes 40 hours of anger management and continues to see a counselor.

Attorney Nathan Hoines said Wednesday that Edwards plans to return to work soon and will hold a news conference then.

Helena police responded to a hotel on June 15 where officers were attending the state Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association’s annual convention. A law enforcement officer who heard a commotion in Edwards’ room called 911.


Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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