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Chippewa tribal leader rejects plea deal to resolve assault case

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CRANDON (WAOW) - The chairman of the Sokaogon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa told a judge Wednesday he rejected a prosecutor's offer to resolve accusations that he assaulted a tribal employee, according to online Forest County court records.

Chris McGeshick, 52, of Crandon is charged with two felonies - false imprisonment and intimidating a witness - and two misdemeanors in the June 29 incident at tribal offices in the Town of Nashville.

The victim told investigators McGeshick grabbed him and put him in an arm hold, tossed him to the floor and slammed him up against a wall, causing a shoulder sprain and a "facial contusion," the criminal complaint said.

McGeshick said the confrontation occurred with a tribal employee who was being suspended and refused to give him a tribal-issued cell phone, the complaint said.

Court records say prosecutors offered McGeshick a deal to avoid a trial that required him to plead to misdemeanor battery and to pay a $500 fine. The other charges would be dismissed if McGeshick agreed to write an apology letter.

Five days, beginning July 30, have now been scheduled for McGeshick's trial.

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