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Austin man pleads not guilty to felony over flatulence

AUSTIN — An Austin man entered a not guilty plea last week in Mower County District Court after alleged flatulence resulted in the man kicking his brother in the head.

Hector Alonzo Estrada, 33, pleaded not guilty Thursday to domestic assault. It's a felony charge based on Estrada's prior legal history and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the court complaint, Estrada's brother passed gas prior to being kicked in the head. After the incident, Estrada left the building through a back door. He was arrested at McDonald's restaurant a few blocks away; authorities followed his footprints in the snow, according to the court complaint.

Estrada had denied any wrongdoing, according to the complaint, claiming that his brother simply fell and hit his head.

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