Ex-senator pleads not guilty to making false report

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota state senator has pleaded not guilty to making a false domestic violence report against her husband. Lyndi DiSanto appeared in court Thursday when she entered the plea after being charged by the Pennington County State’s Attorney Office. A conviction carries up to a year in jail.

Court records show she and Mark DiSanto, a Pennington County commissioner, are going through a divorce. Prosecutors say Lyndi DiSanto said her husband assaulted and choked her and punched a hole in the bedroom door when she arrived at their Box Elder home last January to collect some belongings.