Joshua Morrison/News Michael Strout, left, with Knox County Public Defender John Pyle, appeared in Knox County Common Pleas Court on Friday morning. Strout plead guilty to felonious assault and possession of drugs.

MOUNT VERNON — A near-miss shotgun blast fired by a Centerburg man at his ex-wife was so close it knocked off her glasses, according to information at a plea hearing Friday.

Michael D. Strout, 36, pleaded guilty in Knox County Common Pleas Court Friday to charges of felonious assault, two counts of aggravated menacing, aggravated possession of drugs and having weapons under disability.

Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville has recommended a mandatory six years in prison on the charges. Under mandatory sentencing laws, Strout will not be eligible for early release.

The charges stem from two separate incidents that occurred March 22, 2017, and Aug. 9, 2017, at Strout’s residence. In the March 22 incident, according to court records, Strout fired a shotgun pointed at his ex-wife that was knocked aside by the ex-wife’s boyfriend just before Strout fired. Strout followed her and her boyfriend outside, where he took a handgun from a vehicle and pointed it at them.

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