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August 6, 2015

Mississippi Man Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison for Assault at Fort Polk

LAKE CHARLES, LA—United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a man from Mississippi was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for assaulting his ex-wife and striking a man in the head with a baseball bat on the Fort Polk military installation.

Justin Corey Thurston, 23, of McLain, Miss., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to evidence presented at the April 30, 2015, guilty plea, Thurston visited the home of his estranged wife on September 6, 2014 at the Fort Polk military base to collect his personal belongings. While there, he and his wife engaged in an altercation leading to Thurston’s assault of his wife after she refused to give him her cellular telephone. He then exited the house, and the caller, who had heard the altercation on the phone, confronted Thurston. During the course of the confrontation, Thurston struck the caller in the head with a baseball bat, thereby causing him bodily injury.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David C. Joseph and Joseph T. Mickel prosecuted the case.

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