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Man enters plea in assault, threat case

A Superior man accused of breaking his girlfriend's jaw and threatening to shoot her father entered guilty pleas to two counts against him Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Anthony J. Machones, 23, entered the pleas on a felony count of substantial battery and an amended count of unlawful use of a phone. The amendment reduces a felony charge of threats to injure to a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint:

Machones was accused of beating his girlfriend, who was taken to a Duluth hospital Dec. 8 with a broken jaw. Her parents and the emergency room doctor told Superior Police Detective Jack Curphy the woman had said Machones caused the injury. In addition to the broken jaw, the doctor observed numerous bruises and bite marks on the woman.

Her parents told Curphy the victim had been prevented from leaving Machones' residence for a more than a year, during which time he had been hostile toward them. They said their daughter was not allowed to speak to them over the telephone unless Machones was listening.

At one point, Machones threatened to shoot the woman's father.

When questioned by the detective, Machones admitted biting, slapping or punching the woman a number of times over the past year. He told Curphy he struck her in the face. Although her face was swollen and her jaw uneven, Machones said he believed she was all right because she was able to eat.

Machones denied holding the woman at the residence against her will and told the detective he asked her to leave numerous times because of his violent temper.

Two other counts - false imprisonment and possession of drug paraphernalia - were dismissed Monday.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 27.