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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • New Town man sentenced for assaulting propane salesman

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  • Robert W. Brugh Jr., a/k/a Trebor Brugh, 39, of New Town, N.D., was sentenced on Aug. 30 on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Brugh pleaded guilty to the charge on May 4, 2012. Brugh was sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Brugh was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund and to pay restitution of $26,574.66. On January 9, 2012, Brugh went to the United Prairie Cooperative in New Town to discuss the delivery of propane from the business. Brugh became upset that propane could not be delivered that day, and Brugh struck an employee in the face, causing the employee’s glasses to be knocked off. Brugh then punched the employee in the head and face, knocking the employee to the floor. The employee’s head struck the floor as he fell. The employee suffered a closed head injury to his brain, contusions to his head and a skull fracture and was hospitalized for several days.
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