Man pleads guilty to assault

A Craig man charged with assaulting his girlfriend last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that could put him behind bars for between five and 16 years.

William Daniel Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping. The charges stem from a November 2005 incident in which Kilpatrick allegedly choked his girlfriend near their Craig home and threatened her with a knife, police say.

Kilpatrick will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Sept. 5. Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said Kilpatrick faces a sentence ranging from five to 16 years; the length of the sentence will be left up to the judge.

Kilpatrick also had his probation for a felony menacing charge revoked Tuesday. He did not contest the revocation.

According to court documents, Kilpatrick choked his girlfriend, threatened her with a knife, dragged her into a house and struck her toddler son.

The woman was taken to The Memorial Hospital for treatment.

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