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Man accused in bat beating stands mute

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A 34-year-old Plover man accused of hitting his girlfriend with a baseball bat and tying her to a towel rack during a domestic dispute stood mute before a judge Monday when he was asked to enter pleas to six felonies, according to online Portage County court records.

A judge entered not guilty pleas for Jason Hyatt to the charges, including attempted first-degree homicide, false imprisonment, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and aggravated battery, court records said.

The maximum punishment for the homicide charge is 60 years in prison.

No trial day was immediately set.

The girlfriend told investigators she was restrained against her will from leaving the Plover apartment where the attack occurred about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 6 after she returned home from a bar, the criminal complaint said. The couple had been together earlier in the night and the girlfriend said Hyatt had been drinking since 1 p.m. Oct. 5.

Hyatt made multiple threats that he was going to kill the woman during the attack with an aluminum bat that was wrapped in a towel, the complaint said.

Hyatt remains in jail on a $250,000 cash bail.

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