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Probation for man charged with threatening kids

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HOWELL, Mich. (AP) -

A man has been sentenced to probation in Livingston County for threatening to cut off his children's fingers with a kitchen knife at a Thanksgiving family dinner.

Circuit Judge Michael Hatty called Henry Spisz's behavior "abhorrent" Thursday when he sentenced the 35-year-old former Handy Township man to three years' probation and six months of electronic monitoring.

WHMI-FM reports Spisz pleaded no contest last month to two counts of felonious assault. Spisz also was ordered to serve 55 days in jail, but was given credit for time served.

Police say he held a knife to the fingers of his then-5-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son last year and threatened to cut them off for misbehaving.

According to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Spisz told the judge he "made a mistake."

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