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U.S. Representative-elect Greg Gianforte pleads guilty to assaulting reporter, no jail

  • U.S. Rep-elect Greg Gianforte will not get jail time.
  • He pleaded guilty to assaulting The Guardian's Ben Jacobs.
  • He must complete 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management counseling and pay a $385 fine.
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Greg Gianforte

Montana's next congressman, Greg Gianforte, has been given a 180-day deferred jail sentence after the Republican technology entrepreneur pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter on the eve of his election last month.

Justice of the Peace Rick West sentenced Gianforte on Monday for the misdemeanor, ordering him to complete 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management counseling and pay a $385 fine.

Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs says Gianforte "body slammed" him when he tried to ask the candidate for the state's sole U.S. House seat a question on May 24.

Jacobs agreed not to sue Gianforte in exchange for the politician writing a letter of apology and donating $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Gianforte is expected to be sworn in to office later this month.