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Fridley Man Sentenced in Beating of Shakopee Woman

Mitchell Ellis will be on supervised probation after pleading guilty to beating a woman in August.

A Fridley man was given supervised probation and a stayed prison sentence in Hennepin County Court after assaulting his then girlfriend, a Shakopee woman, in August.

In late October, Mitchell Thomas Ellis, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of felony domestic assault and had one count of felony third-degree assault dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

On Dec. 16, Hennepin County District Judge Janet Poston sentenced Ellis to 21 months in prison, all of which was stayed, and 80 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse. He was given credit for 80 days served.

Ellis will be on supervised probation for three years and must meet a list of requirements, some of which include a chemical dependency evaluation, domestic assault counseling, psychological evaluation and providing a DNA sample. He must not have contact with the woman involved, court records said.

The woman was with her eyes swollen shut and bulging to the size of golf balls, police statements said.

The woman told police she saw Ellis using crack cocaine and then drinking rum-based drinks at a bar the night of the assault and he apparently became angry because she was talking to someone else there.

At about midnight, the pair left the bar and got into his vehicle where she said he started punching her in the face.

 She was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken nose and other injuries.

Ellis has previously been convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault in 2000, felony third-degree assault in 2005 and misdemeanor domestic assault in 2006. He also has prior convictions for theft, possessing illegal drugs, carrying a weapon without a permit, disorderly conduct, fleeing from police in a vehicle, and trespassing.

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