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Round Lake man pleads to property damage

WORTHINGTON -- A 20-year-old Round Lake man charged with several felonies in 2009 pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor property damage count, entering into an agreement that allowed the other counts to be dismissed.

Jonathan Lee Edwards admitted to Judge Jeffrey Flynn he got into an argument with an ex-girlfriend and slapped the hood of her car, causing a nickel-size dent. The verbal estimate to repair the damage was approximately $500.

Edwards was charged in 2009 with two counts of felony-level domestic assault and one felony count of assault with two or more previous convictions in three years. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and the fourth-degree intentional damage to property.

This was not Edwards' first domestic assault charge. Days before his 18th birthday in December 2007, he was charged with third-degree felony assault and domestic assault by strangulation. He pleaded guilty to the third-degree assault and was sentenced to probation in February 2008.

He also has convictions for possessing over 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle, driving after revocation and fourth-degree property damage, for which he was on probation when charged in the 2009 case.

The plea agreement was for 90 days incarceration, stayed on the condition he serve one year probation, pay a fine and pay restitution once it is filed with the court.

When asked by Flynn why he hit the car, Edwards said he did not know. Before dismissing the man, Flynn cautioned he did not want to see Edwards in his courtroom again.