Ex-Missouri House Speaker Pleads Guilty to Assault

9 years 18 hours 21 minutes ago Friday, May 27 2011 May 27, 2011 Friday, May 27, 2011 3:54:30 AM CDT May 27, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

NEW MADRID (AP) - Former Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault on a Sikeston woman during a sexual encounter in November 2009.

The 43-year-old Republican from the southeastern town of Marble Hill was initially charged with second-degree assault, punishable by up to seven years in prison. He had been scheduled for trial June 2.

Following Jetton's plea Thursday, Circuit Judge Fred Copeland placed him on probation and ordered him to pay $950 in restitution to the victim.

Jetton admitted he struck the woman in the face and choked her before and during sex at her home.

The Southeast Missourian reports the woman was in the courtroom Thursday. The Scott County prosecutor said the woman agreed with the plea so that she can move on with her life.

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