30-year-old sentenced to jail, probation for assaulting women while high

Published 8:04am Friday, June 14, 2013

A suspect accused of assaulting two women last December while high on hallucinogenic mushrooms was sentenced to jail time and probation Thursday in Mower County Court.

Matthew Dobs, 30, of Austin, was convicted of domestic assault and fifth-degree drug possession, both felonies. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 10 years’ supervised probation. Four other charges — gross misdemeanors for domestic assault subsequent violations and obstructing the legal process, along with misdemeanor fourth-degree property damage — were dismissed. Dobs was also convicted of a felony for violating his terms as a predatory offender in March and convicted of fifth-degree drug possession from a case which had been continued from 2009.

Victims said Dobs was violent on Dec. 30, 2012, after eating the mushrooms. Dobs reportedly grabbed one woman’s neck and pushed the other woman into a wall. He also broke items within the home and had blood on his arms, according to the court complaint.

When police arrived, Dobs was uncooperative, so they sprayed him with pepper spray and shocked him with a Taser. Dobs was taken to the hospital before being arrested. One of the victims turned over the mushrooms to police.

After Dobs’ jail sentence, he will be monitored by GPS for five months, as well.


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