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Springfield man faces two felony charges

SPRINGFIELD — A 43-year-old Springfield man faces two felony charges stemming from a Fourth of July incident at a Springfield residence.

Felony charges of possessing a firearm, after being convicted of domestic violence and domestic assault, were filed in Brown County District Court Monday against Jason G. Yates, 502 N. Marshall Ave.

Yates’ bail was set Tuesday at $25,000 without conditions; $10,000 with conditions including not entering the alleged victim’s residence and no contact with victims. A court appearance was set for 9:30 a.m. July 21.

According to court documents, Springfield Police met a woman at 5:01 p.m. July 4 who said she and Yates have children in common, previously lived together and have been divorced for about seven years.

The woman said she allows Yates to rent an upstairs room on her property and that he was in possession of a rifle despite previously being convicted of a disqualifying offense.

She told police she and Yates were at Walmart earlier in the day and that he insulted and yelled at her and it continued for the rest of day. The woman said she and Yates argued before she came to the police department, that he stood in front of a door after she told him she was going to the police department, before she was able to push her way past him and get out of the house.

The woman said she was afraid to go back into the home because she knows what he is capable of.

Police learned Yates has a violent past with the woman and requested help from Brown County Deputies Justin Bauer and Jason Fairbairn.

Yates was arrested for felony domestic assault at about 8 p.m. July 4. Police found a rifle in plain view on a wood pile.

Yates was convicted of felony domestic assault on July 31, 2014, in Stearns County court and of a felony violation on Aug. 21, 2014.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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