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Mississippi man pleads guilty to assault at Fort Polk

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a man from Mississippi pleaded guilty to striking a man in the head with a baseball bat at the Fort Polk military base.

Justin Corey Thurston, 23, of McLain, Miss., entered a conditional guilty plea on Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay, to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Thurston visited the home of his estranged wife on September 6, 2014, at the Fort Polk military base. While at his wife’s residence, Thurston and his wife were involved in a physical altercation after she refused to give him her cell phone. Thurston then exited the house and struck a man in the head with the baseball bat.

Thurston faces up to 10 years in prison, three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David C. Joseph and Joseph T. Mickel are prosecuting the case.

Updated February 29, 2016