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Man pleads guilty to assaulting woman

Cotsie Octavius Benson, 29, of Austin pleaded guilty on Friday in Mower County District Court to felony domestic assault. Two charges of felony second-degree assault, a charge of felony terroristic threats and an additional charge of felony domestic assault were dismissed.

Cotsie Octavius Benson, 29

Police received a panicked call on Aug. 26 from a woman who said she was hiding and told them to come to a residence in the 800 block of Fourth Avenue Southwest. When police made contact with her, she told them that Benson had assaulted her because she had kicked him and another woman out of the house earlier that night.

When police made contact with Benson, he said they had a verbal argument, but nothing physical or violent had occurred.

Benson’s criminal history shows prior convictions for fourth-degree assault and domestic assault.

Benson will be sentenced on June 1.