- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a court order requiring a Minot man to nearly $50,000 in restitution for shooting and severely injuring his girlfriend.

The Minot Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/29txEd9 ) Robert Putney Jr. was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to four years in prison for shooting the woman in the stomach in 2014. A judge ordered Putney pay nearly $50,000, or about half of the victim’s total medical bill.

He appealed the conviction to the Supreme Court, arguing that double jeopardy should apply because he had previously pleaded guilty to simple assault in municipal court. He argued that he can’t be tried twice for the same crime. Putney also argued a judge abused his discretion when he ordered Putney to pay the restitution.

The Supreme Court disagreed.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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