"When you make a mistake, you have to take full responsibility," Gianforte told reporters. "That's what I've done today and you know, I look forward to putting this behind me."
The Two-Way has previously described how the incident unfolded:
The representative-elect entered the plea days after reaching a deal with Jacobs, which involved an apology from Gianforte and a donation of $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists in exchange for Jacobs agreeing not to file a lawsuit.
Part of the deal was that Jacobs wouldn't object if Gianforte entered a plea of "no contest," which would not formally be admitting guilt.
In a statement to the court, Jacobs said he hoped the sentencing would send a message about the "important role of the free press and the need to help heal our political system." He adds:
Montana Public Radio's Whitney adds that after the assault on Jacobs, "state and national Democratic Party officials called on Gianforte to resign the U.S. House seat he won." His swearing-in date has not yet been set.