Lewistown man pleads guilty to assaulting mother

LEWISTOWN — A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting his mother and was sentenced to serve 23 months parole.

Tyler Hess, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty to simple assault before President Judge David Barron. According to court documents, Hess assaulted and strangled his mother in March 2018 after she requested Hess move out of her residence. Police interviewed the victim at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital emergency department, where officers observed red marks on her neck, that her voice was weak and hoarse and that she would wince and hold her ribs when she talked or took a deep breath. Documents state Hess’s assault on the victim included knocking her down, putting all of his weight on her rib cage with his hands and pushing down hard as he stood up.

Hess was sentenced to a minimum of time-served to a maximum of 23 months incarceration, making him immediately eligible for parole. Public Defender Robert Ferguson advised Barron that Hess had been incarcerated for 228 days and Hess insisted he intends to continue outpatient counseling upon being released.

Barron also sentenced Hess to pay the costs of prosecution, as well as a $300 fine and said Hess was not to have contact with the victim,.

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