Utah man sentenced to jail after fighting at Mormon church over saved seats

Wayne Dodge pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.
By Evan Bleier  |  June 27, 2014 at 10:27 AM
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PLAIN CITY, Utah, June 27 (UPI) -- A Utah man who pleaded guilty to an assault charge has been sentenced to 30 days in jail following a fight over saved seats at a Mormon church.

During the incident, Wayne Dodge got in a fight with another family after he sat in seats that they were trying to save at the Meadows Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Plain City.

The chapel was especially busy that day because of a baby blessing and a missionary farewell.

The argument spilled out into the parking lot and Dodge allegedly beat a man from the seat-saving family until he was bloody. Dodge is also accused of swerving his car to hit the man when he was driving away from the church.

Dodge pleaded guilty in to misdemeanor assault in exchange for a charge of aggravated assault being dropped. The 52-year-old was also ordered to complete an anger management class as part of his 12 months of probation and pay a $550 fine.

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