Greg Gianforte pleads guilty to assaulting reporter, avoids jail time

Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for bodyslamming reporter Guardian Ben Jacobs the night before the special election which he ultimately won.Gianforte will have to pay a $385 fine, take 20 hours of anger management classes and perform 40 hours of community service, according to The Guardian.“Although it was not my intention to hurt him, I understand Ben was injured,” Gianforte said during sentencing.This is similar to the letter that Gianforte wrote Jacobs after settling in a case last week, during which Gianforte agreed to pay $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalism. Gianforte said that his “physical response” to Jacobs’ “legitimate question was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful,” and admitted that he “made a mistake and humbly ask for your forgiveness.”

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