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A plea agreement has been reached with a 53-year-old man charged with aggravated assault in connection to a bar fight in Mandan.

Theodore Jenkins was set to go to trial on Wednesday but, instead, is expected to plead guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor menacing, Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter said in an email.

Mandan police responded to Scapegoat Bar at around midnight Aug. 23 for a report of a fight in progress, according to court records.

Witnesses told police that Jenkins became aggressive when asked to leave the bar and shoved 47-year-old Cory Thompson. Jenkins pulled out a knife and stuck Thompson in the stomach.

Under the plea agreement, Goter said Jenkins will not receive prison time but must abide by certain conditions, including no contact with Thompson nor the bar, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and any recommended treatment, forfeit his knife, pay court fees and be fingerprinted.

Goter said Thompson was in agreement with the plea deal and requested most of the conditions being imposed.

"When I spoke to the victim, he explained his wounds as two superficial-type wounds that have resulted in scars but not stab wounds," she said. "Without putting words in the victim's mouth, this altercation happened as a result of substance/alcohol use and inappropriate behavior at the bar. The victim attempted to intervene and assist the bartender, and things escalated when the knife was pulled."

A criminal judgement in the case will likely be finalized this week, according to Goter.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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