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Hearing filled with emotion as RF man gets six months' jail

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A River Falls man was sentenced to six months jail Thursday, June 16, for misdemeanor battery, carrying a concealed weapon and violating a domestic abuse order, but not until after an emotion-filled two-hour hearing in Pierce County Circuit Court.

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William Qualls, 44, of River Falls sat in the defendant's chair after pleading guilty in April to those charges. At issue Thursday was his punishment.

The emotional rollercoaster started when the victim addressed the court.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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