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Woman pleads not guilty to strangling man with cord

An Albert Lea woman who allegedly used a telephone cord to strangle a man in February pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Marcine Kay Miranda, 56, is charged with domestic assault by strangulation.

Marcine Miranda

Court documents state Miranda was charged after officers responded to a domestic call Feb. 28 at 928 W. Front St. in Albert Lea. The alleged victim, who was known to Miranda, alleged that during an argument, Miranda put a landline phone cord around his neck, causing him to have difficulty breathing.

Miranda’s and the alleged victim’s blood alcohol content levels were reportedly both more than three times the legal limit, court documents state.

A settlement conference is scheduled for April 20, and a jury trial is scheduled for July 11, if the case has not been settled by then.

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

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

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