MINOT, N.D. — A judge has rejected a plea deal for a Minot man accused of assaulting and terrorizing his wife.

The agreement called for Jeremiah Tallman to serve about a year and a-half of additional time with nearly 10 years of probation on multiple felony charges. The 31-year-old Tallman was prepared to enter Alford pleas in which he maintains his innocence, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for conviction.

The Minot Daily News reports North Central Judicial District Judge Gary Lee said he would not accept the Alford pleas after also hearing a state request to bar Tallman from contact with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, even during probation. Tallman is accused of breaking his wife’s collarbone, threatening her with a knife and refusing to let her leave their apartment last September.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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