Public Safety

Tama County man pleads to lesser charge in shovel assault

He faces up to a year in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Tama County man, who assaulted his daughter’s boyfriend with a garden shovel, pleaded to a lesser charge Thursday.

Lucius A. Bear, 42, a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to assault by striking, beating or wounding, a misdemeanor. During the plea hearing, Bear admitted to assaulting the boyfriend, who was not identified by name or age, on Feb. 17 at a home on the Meskwaki Settlement.

Bear was charged in federal court because the assault happened on the settlement, where federal authorities have jurisdiction.

Court documents show Bear hit the boyfriend in the head with a “metal blade” garden shovel, causing a large cut that required 15 staples.

The complaint says the boyfriend misled Meskwaki police about how the assault happened.

But later he said Bear was intoxicated and angry because his daughter wouldn’t help him shovel snow. Bear first smashed the television with the shovel while yelling at his daughter, and then hit the boyfriend in the head, according to the complaint.

Bear initially wouldn’t come out of a bedroom for an hour after police arrived at the home, the complaint shows. He then knocked a flashlight out of an officer’s hand and attempted to punch another officer. Officers used a stun gun twice on Bear, but it was ineffective, according to the complaint.

He bit one officer on the forearm after being handcuffed and spit blood on one of the officers before being taken out of the house, according to the complaint.

Bear faces up to one year in prison.

He will remain in jail pending sentencing at a future date.

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