Man gets probation for assault

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A 30-year-old Yampa man was sentenced Tuesday to two years of supervised probation and 60 days in jail for assaulting his wife and "head-butting" a police officer.

Nathaniel Lark Citron plead--ed guilty to felony second-deg--ree assault and misdemeanor third-degree assault after he was arrested in January on suspicion of child abuse, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and telephone obstruction. As part of the plea agreement, Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson dropped the child abuse and telephone obstruction charges.

Citron was arrested in January after his wife called police to report a domestic violence situation at their home in Yampa. While Routt County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dan Kelliher was trying to arrest Citron and take him from the home, Citron bucked his head and hit Kelliher in the face, causing Kelliher's nose to bleed and his lip to swell.

In addition to the supervised probation and jail sentence, District Judge Paul McLimans told Citron he would be required to complete a domestic violence treatment program, complete 24 hours of community service and pay more than $2,000 in fines.

As part of Citron's plea, he received 16 days of jail credit for time he already served and was allowed a two-year deferred judgment on the felony third-degree assault charge. A deferred judgment allows a person's record to be cleared of the crime if he or she complies with all terms and conditions of supervised probation.

Citron told McLimans on Tuesday that he was sorry for what he did.

"I would just like to apologize to all those I hurt. I don't see Sgt. Kelliher here, but I'd like to apologize to him," Citron said. "I have already apologized to my wife and kids."

McLimans commended Cit--ron for making his apologies, but warned him that his behavior is not acceptable.

"While apologies are welcome and accepted, they don't undo conduct," McLimans said. "This was a fairly egregious episode."

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