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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:16 pm

Boyfriend pleads guilty to January attack

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty today to attacking his girlfriend with a knife.
 
Matthew J. Dirig, 27, arrived at the woman's home Jan. 21 and slashed the tires on her car, according to court documents. She told investigators he then held a knife to her neck, cutting her, a probable cause affidavit states.
 
He pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Cour to criminal recklessness. A plea agreement calls for him to serve 2 1/2 years on probation.
 
Dirig also is required to complete a counseling program. A misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief will be dropped, according to the plea agreement.
 
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7.
 
He was charged in a separate case in which he entered his girlfriends home Jan. 22 through a window, pushed her down on a bed and choked her. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery in that case, and a plea agreement called for a one-year suspended sentence.
 
Dirig was charged the same day with misdemeanor domestic battery for punching his father and throwing a rock at him, court records show. A plea agreement in that case also called for a one-year suspended sentence.