A Sweet Home man who hit his girlfriend in the face with an ax, reportedly because of a dispute over blankets, has been sentenced to more than three years in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Michael Ralph Marshall Jr., 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Tuesday in Linn County Circuit Court.

He will be eligible to earn time off his sentence for good behavior and for alternative incarceration programs, and will remain on post-prison supervision for 36 months.

The crime allegedly occurred on Dec. 9 in Sweet Home. Marshall and the woman were sleeping in an illegal encampment on private property west of Zelkova Street in Sweet Home, according to a probable cause affidavit in the case.

The victim told authorities that she and Marshall got into an altercation about him taking the blankets off her during the night, and he struck her with a double-edged ax. She did believe she was hit with the blade.

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Kyle Odegard