Watertown, SD — A Watertown Man will serve 106 days in the state penitentiary on simple assault charges following his sentencing in Codington County Circuit Court today. Circuit Judge Carmen Means sentenced Jacob Engelhart to two years in the state penitentiary on simple assault charges with two years suspended on the condition he serve 106 days of that time in prison. He was also sentenced to two years for eluding, which will also be suspended and run concurrently with the other charge. The sentencing is based on the condition that Engelhart is a law abiding citizen and submits to chemical dependency evaluations. Both charges are class 6 felonies. Engelhart was arrested last year following an altercation with a Codington County Deputy Sheriff who was attempting to stop Engelhart on highway 20 near the Watertown Airport. Engelhart tried to evade the deputy by leaving in his vehicle and dragging the officer with him for a long distance on the highway. The deputy has since recovered from his injuries and returned to work. In court today Engelhart apologized for his behavior and was seen visibly showing his remorse at his actions that night.
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