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Guilty plea to head butt in Hoven Bar

A guilty plea was entered during court in Potter County on Monday regarding an incident at the Hoven Municipal Bar.
Dave Parsons, 54, made his initial appearance without an attorney before Judge John Brown where he pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault and one count of possession of less than two ounces of marijuana as part of a plea agreement. Both charges are Class 1 misdemeanors which carry a maximum sentence of one year in the county jail and a $2,000 fine.
When asked about the events that led to the charges, Parsons told the court that he walked in the side door of the bar and “people were in my face” and that he got “trampled on.” He said that he did not recall head butting anyone, but admitted that he was capable of it and he could have done it.
Potter County State’s Attorney Craig Smith told the court that he did have a video recording from the bar showing the head butt, which was done to Janine Arbach, who was working at the establishment.
The judge accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Parsons to 60 days in jail with 55 suspended, and to begin serving immediately. Parsons said that he had his dog with him in Gettysburg and needed to take care of the animal, so asked if he could start his jail time later. Arrangements were made for Parsons to turn himself in to the Potter County Sheriff’s office by 5 p.m. Monday to begin serving his five day sentence. He was also sentenced to serve five days concurrently for the marijuana possession, in addition to paying $50 per day jail costs and court costs of $84 for each charge. He will be on unsupervised probation for one year along with other stipulations of the court.
Other items on the docket were rescheduled to a later court date. The next court date in Potter County will be Tuesday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m.
-Molly McRoberts

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