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A Bozeman man was sentenced to one year of probation for assaulting a woman with a laptop and knocking her out when officers responded to his home.

Corey John Murphy pleaded guilty to partner or family member assault Wednesday in Gallatin County District Court. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed charges of aggravated kidnapping and strangulation of partner or family member, both felonies.

Gallatin County District Judge John Brown ordered Murphy to pay $625 in fines and gave him credit for 56 days served in the Gallatin County jail. Brown also required Murphy to complete at least 40 hours of counseling.

Officers found a woman unconscious in Murphy’s home in April, according to charging documents. She later told officers that Murphy hit her with a laptop and knocked her out earlier in the day.

Officers were at the door when she awoke from that first assault, prosecutors said. Murphy then hit her nine or 10 times in the face, knocking her unconscious again to silence her.

Murphy was arrested and taken to the Gallatin County jail, where his right hand was swollen and bloody, and a test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .235.

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