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Mixed martial artist gets jail time for battery

Jamison Klair was fighting to stay out of jail May 25.

"This situation has made me want to quit drinking and I have," he told Judge James Duvall during a sentencing hearing in Pierce County. "All I have done since is work and spend time with my son. I haven't missed drinking since this incident.

"This has been very traumatic for me and it all comes back to the decision I made."

The mixed martial arts fighter was referring to a Feb. 2009 incident in River Falls that initially led him to be charged with two counts of felony battery along with misdemeanor battery. He eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and two disorderly conduct charges, leading to Tuesday's hearing.

Duvall wasn't in a lenient mood, as he sentenced the 34-year-old to 28 days' jail on all three charges. The jail time was a condition of a two-year probation.

Duvall also ordered Klair to have no possession or consumption of alcohol or drugs and not to enter any bars or taverns without permission of probation agent.

"Given the multiple victims, the injuries of the victims and the fact he was convicted of a similar case before, jail time is warranted," Duvall said.

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. 

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