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Former Fulda man sentenced in police officer assault case

A former Fulda man will spend 29 days in jail for transferring his bodily fluids onto an officer during a July incident that escalated to combative behavior toward peace officers and EMTs.

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A former Fulda man will spend 29 days in jail for transferring his bodily fluids onto an officer during a July incident that escalated to combative behavior toward peace officers and EMTs.

According to court documents, Jacob Coffel, 27, was sentenced to 13 months in prison, which will be stayed during three years of supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine after being convicted of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer.

Five other charges related to the July 10 incident, which included a struggle to safely secure Coffel to a gurney after responding to a call to check on his welfare, were dismissed as part of the agreement.

Because the case involved assault of an officer, the terms of his sentence detail that he’is to not have contact with the victim, except for emergencies or when required due to the victim’s position as a law enforcement officer.

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