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Man pleads guilty to domestic assault

An Albert Lea man charged with strangling a woman on Monday pleaded guilty to domestic assault by strangulation Friday in Freeborn County District Court.

Sentencing for Daniel Lee Maine, 42, is scheduled for March 2.

Daniel Lee Maine

Daniel Lee Maine

Court documents state Maine was charged after the victim — known to Maine — told police that during an argument she and Maine had in the bedroom, Maine pinned her on the bed and put his hands around her neck, trying to choke her. An officer reportedly found red marks on her neck consistent with her story.

Court documents state Maine left the residence after a witness said she was going to call the police. Maine initially said the victim assaulted him.

Domestic assault by strangulation carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Maine pleaded guilty to and was convicted of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and no Minnesota driver’s license in a separate file Friday.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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