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Former Calhoun County sheriff sentenced

Judge abides by terms of plea deal

ROCKWELL CITY — Former Calhoun County Sheriff Scott Anderson was sentenced to probation, a suspended jail sentence and fines for domestic abuse assault and interference with official acts Monday after the sentencing judge abided by the terms of a plea agreement struck with Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown.

The disgraced former sheriff pleaded guilty in August, changing his initial plea to the charges after an April arrest resulted in a petition for his removal and, ultimately, his resignation.

Anderson was arrested at his Manson home on April 11, where criminal complaints said he was holding his wife by her neck, refusing to release her.

It took six officers responding to a 911 call from Heather Anderson’s oldest son about nine minutes to handcuff the grossly intoxicated sheriff before dragging him to the patrol car.

Magistrate Judge Jessica Morton ordered Anderson to pay a total of $315 plus criminal surcharges and court fees — a $250 fine for interfering with the Manson police officer that arrested him and a $65 civil penalty for assaulting his wife — and to complete six months of unsupervised probation with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. He also received a 30-day jail sentence, which was suspended.

He must also complete a domestic abuse program, a substance abuse evaluation and abstain from drinking while on probation.

In April, affidavits from nine law enforcement co-workers gathered for a civil petition to remove Anderson from office painted a nuanced portrait of a once-respected man who ultimately succumbed to struggles with alcoholism.

The terms of the sentence handed down Monday did not deviate from the terms disclosed in previous court filings for the charges, both simple misdemeanors.

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