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Colorado man gets probation for tossing water on Iowa Rep. King

Posted at 7:47 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 09:47:32-05

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Colorado man who threw a cup of water on Iowa Congressman Steve King has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Blake Gibbins, 27, of Lafayette, Colorado, had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault on a member of Congress.

Gibbins admitted he approached a table at a Fort Dodge restaurant on March 22 last year and threw a cup of water at the Republican. He was charged in March 2019.

Gibbins' attorney has said Gibbins' actions were out of character and may have resulted from recent emotional pressure.

Gibbins was in Iowa for a family funeral when he approached King, and Gibbins had no criminal history.

King has gained national attention for his comments on many topics, especially those related to race and immigration.