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Ex-UND hoops standout Beasley faces assault charge

GRAND FORKS - Former University of North Dakota basketball star Jerome Beasley is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault for a domestic incident last month, according to court documents.

GRAND FORKS - Former University of North Dakota basketball star Jerome Beasley is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault for a domestic incident last month, according to court documents.

Beasley, 33, was booked into Grand Forks County Correctional Center on March 15 and bailed out on March 29, according to the jail.

The affidavit for probable cause alleges that Beasley and a female got into an argument outside of his residence on March 15, and Beasley grabbed the female by her hoodie and walked her inside, where the incident escalated.

The document alleges that once Beasley and the female were inside, Beasley "grabbed her around the neck and held her up against the wall," for about 10 to 15 seconds.

The affidavit alleges that "Beasley's hand around her neck created a substantial risk of death," to the victim "by the impediment of her air flow and blood flow to her brain."

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The document also alleges that the victim had bruising around her eyes and ruptured capillaries in her eyes.

Beasley has an arraignment set for April 28. Aggravated assault is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.

This is not the first legal trouble for Beasley, who starred at UND from 2001 to 2003 and later played for the NBA's Miami Heat.

Beasley has been booked at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center seven times since January 2012 for failure to pay child support, according to the jail.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald

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