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Elko man pleads not guilty to assault and battery charges
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Elko man pleads not guilty to assault and battery charges

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ELKO -- An Elko man accused of assault, battery and burglary changes pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday in Department I of Elko District Court.

Sean M. Dean, 49, will go to trial for six days in August. His defense attorney is David Loreman.

Dean faces seven charges: battery with the use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm; battery with a deadly weapon; assault with a deadly weapon; possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony offense; burglary with the use of a firearm; burglary; and being a habitual criminal.

Originally, the trial was thought to only need four days. However, Elko District Judge Nancy Porter said count four charging possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony offense had to be bifurcated -- a judge’s ability to divide a trial into two parts for various reasons.

Dean cannot own a firearm because of his 2014 conviction of battery by means of strangulation, according to the criminal information filed in April.

Dean has been convicted of six felony crimes between 1986 and 2014 -- including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle -- in the states of Nevada and California.

The alleged crime the above charges pertain to occurred Nov. 12, 2015, when Dean reportedly struck Christina Hodges in the head and or face with a handgun or another hard object, thus causing “prolonged physical pain and or impairment of bodily function, and or permanent disfigurement in the forms of a scar (s) to her face and or head.”

Count three of assault with a deadly weapon alleges Dean drew, held, showed and or pointed a handgun at Hodges while acting in an aggressive manner and threatening her.

Both burglary charges state Dean entered a structure on South Fifth Street to supposedly commit grand or petit larceny and had the intent to batter or assault Christina Hodges and or Kyle Olsen.

Count five alleged Dean had possession of a firearm or deadly weapon while committing a crime at any time before or after leaving the residence.

Dean will appear Tuesday in Department II of Elko District Court in another case connected to a December arrest charging attempted murder.

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