The son of former Sen. George McGovern has been sentenced to six months in jail for beating and kicking his fiancee. At the time of the attack, he was serving a suspended sentence for assaulting the same woman last year.

Steven McGovern, 45, pleaded guilty Thursday to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his foot.McGovern admitted beating the 34-year-old woman for several hours in his Boston apartment last month. Neighbors called police after hearing the woman scream for help.

McGovern, who has prior convictions in Michigan and Maryland for aggravated domestic violence involving the same woman, could have been sentenced to 21/2 years behind bars.