Wells man sentenced to probation for strangling woman

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Wells man who allegedly strangled a woman in December was placed on probation for one year Monday in Faribault County District Court.

Johnathan James Bathke, 33, was sentenced after pleading guilty to fifth-degree assault. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Eighty-eight days were stayed, and he was given credit for two days served.

Johnathan Bathke

Johnathan Bathke

Bathke completed a chemical assessment and anger management was ordered by the court.

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Court documents state Bathke was charged after a Wells police officer met with the alleged victim early in the morning of Dec. 11.

The alleged victim — who was known to Bathke — reported she had a verbal argument with him at a party.

Bathke allegedly pushed her and would not allow her to enter the house after she walked home from the party. He reportedly pushed her twice, with the second push knocking her to the ground.

Court documents state Bathke then got on top of her, put his hand over her throat and exerted pressure, causing her not to be able to breathe.

He reportedly then let go and threatened to beat her up. He allegedly threw keys that struck her jaw and took her cellphone away when she said she was going to call 911.

Court documents state Bathke told officers the argument was just verbal, and he blocked her when she attempted to push him.

Bathke was charged with domestic assault by strangulation and interrupting, interfering, impeding or disrupting a 911 call, but those charges were dismissed.

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

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