The newly minted congressman had earlier pled guilty to misdemeanor assault charges over the incident, and was sentenced Monday to complete 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management counseling and pay a $385 fine.
Gianforte had been given a 180-day jail sentence but it was deferred.
The Republican technology entrepreneur, on the eve of his special election last month, slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground after Jacobs asked him a question about his opinion on the GOP health care proposal.
The exchange was caught on audio tape
Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs, elected to have a written apology over a civil suit after he was assaulted by Congressman -elect Greg Gianforte
Ben Jacobs took to tweeter, publicizing the assault by Montana special election Republican candidate Greg Gianforte on May 24
Gianforte, however, still won his race.
Jacobs agreed not to sue Gianforte in exchange for the politician writing a letter of apology and donating $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Following his hearing, Gianforte told reporters that “when you make a mistake, you’ve got to take full responsibility and that’s what I’ve done today.”
“I look forward to putting this behind me,” he said.
Gianforte is expected to be sworn into office later this month.