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Man who shocked children with dog collar gets 20-40 years

The man accused of beating, abusing and shocking his children with an electric dog collar repeatedly pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Joseph Myhre, a resident of Collegeville, pleaded to 36 counts of felony and misdemeanor charges including aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault and unlawful restraining against his now 12-year-old daughter, now 14-year-old son and his wife, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Myhre was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison with 27 years of probation. He must have no contact with his victims, the DA's office said. 

The accusations against Myhre arose in April 2017. He's been in custody since on $1 million bail and is receiving credit for that time served.


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