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College instructor assaulted TVCC electrician

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – A former welding instructor for both college and high school students at Treasure Valley Community College pleaded guilty last week to seriously injuring a college electrician in front of students.

Tyson B. Smith, 30, stood before Malheur County Circuit Judge Erin Landis last Wednesday and said he assaulted 64-year old custodian, Kenneth Strickland. He admitted to guilt of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Smith will spend the next 18 months on bench probation, a form of supervision without a probation officer overseeing his actions. In addition, Smith was ordered to attend anger management classes and pay restitution in the case, an amount yet to be determined as medical bills continue to accrue. He will also serve 10 days on the county work crew.

The altercation took place the afternoon of April 6 in the welding shop on the college campus. According to . . .