- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck woman has been sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting a J.C. Penney employee who tried to stop her from shoplifting.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1ltTY1I ) reports that 36-year-old Leah Hatzenbuhler pleaded guilty to felony robbery on Monday.

Judge Bruce Haskell sentenced Hatzenbuhler to two years in custody with all but six months suspended. Hatzenbuhler was also ordered to spend two years on supervised release.

Court records show Hatzenbuhler punched the employee in the face on May 13.

Hatzenbuhler had already been banned from Kirkwood Mall before the incident happened. The ban came in December after she was charged with theft for stealing items from the sporting goods store Scheels. She pleaded guilty to that charge in February and was ordered to pay $500 in fines.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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