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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:00 am

Man pleads guilty in girlfriend attack

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Tuesday 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 Court to criminal recklessness. A plea agreement calls for him to serve 21/2 years on probation.

Dirig also is required to complete a counseling program. A sentencing hearing is scheduled Aug. 7.

He was charged in a separate case in which he entered his girlfriend's 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.