Ex-senator pleads not guilty to making false report


FILE – South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Chet Brokaw, File)

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota state senator has pleaded not guilty to making a false domestic violence report against her husband.

Lyndi DiSanto appeared in court Thursday when she entered the plea after being charged by the Pennington County State’s Attorney Office.

A conviction carries up to a year in jail. Court records show she and Mark DiSanto, a Pennington County commissioner, are going through a divorce.

Prosecutors say Lyndi DiSanto said her husband assaulted and choked her and punched a hole in the bedroom door when she arrived at their Box Elder home  last January to collect some belongings.

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