- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man accused of seriously injuring a woman by pushing her down a flight of stairs during an argument has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Joby Zimmerman, 37, was sentenced Friday. The victim spent several days on life support after the July incident, and underwent surgery for brain injuries, according to investigators.

Zimmerman pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault last month. As part of his sentence, Zimmerman must enroll in an anger management class and obtain a chemical-dependency evaluation. He also was ordered not to contact the victim.

Williams County Assistant State’s Attorney Sandy Jones said the victim and her family were satisfied with the sentence.

“The family has indicted that Mr. Zimmerman needs rehabilitation to be off drugs and to have an opportunity for life change,” Jones said. “They recognize the role the drugs have played in this whole matter. That’s why this deal has chemical dependency evaluation and follow through with the conditions and mandatory anger management.”

The woman’s father said at the time that doctors initially feared the worst, but she has since made a gradual recovery.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com


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