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Man Gets 30 Days in Jail for Fight Over Seats in Church

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Wayne Dodge, accused of beating a man over a seat in church, was sentenced last Wednesday to 30 days in jail, anger management classes and a 12-month probation.

Dodge pleaded guilty in May to a misdemeanor assault, while a charge of felony aggravated assault was dropped, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The incident happened in a Mormon church located in Plain City, Utah, on Aug. 30, 2013.

An unidentified man tried to save three rows of seats in the church for a Mormon baby blessing and mission farewell.

One of those rows included a seat where Dodge normally sat, and he refused to leave his seat.

The two men later got into a fight in the church parking lot, where Dodge punched the man, according to a police report.

Dodge then hit the man with his car, stated Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Lowther.

“[The victim] ended up on the hood of the car,” Lowther told Fox 13. “We did an investigation, there was conflicting stories, but according to witness accounts there was enough probable cause to make an arrest for aggravated assault.”

Sources: The Salt Lake Tribune and Fox 13

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