Montana representative-elect Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of misdemeanor assault after body-slamming a reporter from The Guardian on the eve of Gianforte’s election to the U.S. House.
He received a six-month deferred sentence and will serve no jail time.
Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was asking Gianforte a question on May 24 when the Republican candidate threw him to the ground.
According to Whitney Bermes, a reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the judge initially gave Gianforte four days in jail, where under the terms of a jail work program he would be able to spend two of those days working.
However, the judge changed the initial sentence minutes later, Bermes reported: “NO jail time for Gianforte. But has to do 40 hours of community service, 20 hours anger management.” Read more at NPR.