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Man pleads guilty to punching boy, child's mother

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 02 2012 07:24:32 AM MDT
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BILLINGS, Mont. -

A 36-year-old man has pleaded guilty to punching a 10-year-old boy who was trying to keep the man from attacking his mother.
    
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/PpAssQ ) a plea agreement calls for prosecutors to recommend a three-year deferred sentence when Thomas Joseph Mascarena is sentenced on Jan. 7.
    
Mascarena pleaded guilty Thursday to felony assault on a minor and misdemeanor partner or family member assault.
    
He was charged for a fight on Jan. 22 in which a woman said Mascarena forced his way into her house, pushed and hit her and then punched her son when the boy grabbed Mascarena's jacket to pull him away