CLEAR LAKE | A Clear Lake man who police say pointed a gun at his girlfriend was sentenced Monday to up to five years in prison.

Nicholas Dean Freitag, 35, pleaded guilty in April to possession of a firearm as a felon, as well as misdemeanor domestic assault. 

Freitag admitted to having a loaded handgun at his home despite being a convicted felon, according to court documents.

He also admitted to having a verbal and physical altercation with the woman on Feb. 28. 

The criminal complaint alleges Freitag pointed the gun at the victim, but he only admitted that "my actions would have created fear of physical touching by me and I had no right to do so," court documents state.

Freitag originally was charged with domestic abuse assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of domestic assault. 

He was ordered to pay a $750 fine on the firearm conviction. 

Freitag was sentenced to 30 days in jail for domestic assault, to be served concurrently with his prison sentence. He was also ordered to pay a $100 surcharge.

Court records indicate Freitag posted bond on the case's appeal to the state supreme court. 

— Mary Pieper

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