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Casper man faces felony charge in alleged domestic violence incident

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NOTE: This article contains a narrative of domestic violence.

CASPER, Wyo. — A 29-year-old Casper man is facing two charges, including a felony, after he allegedly assaulted his wife at a residence in south Casper earlier this week.

The woman’s parents called police around 1:40 a.m. Thursday, June 23, saying they heard a fight in another room between their daughter and the defendant, and that the fight sounded physical, according to an affidavit.  

The woman told officers on the scene that the defendant had come home from the bar and became upset when she refused physical intimacy. She said the defendant grabbed her by the neck with both hands and covered her mouth and nose while holding her down on the bed. 

She said a shoving match ensued and the defendant pulled one of her arms behind her back and held her down. She said she yelled for someone to call 911, the affidavit states.

Police say the woman’s left eye appeared red and slightly swollen.

The affidavit states that the defendant told them on the scene that he had been out drinking and had fought with the woman upon his return but that the fight had not become physical.

Based on the statements and corroboration from a reporting party, the defendant was arrested without further incident on charges of domestic battery and strangulation of a household member.  

The man’s name is being withheld at this time to protect the identities of other members of the household.

Domestic battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $750 (W.S. 6.2.511). Strangulation of a household member is punishable by up to 10 years in prison (W.S. 6-2-509).

On Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Brian Christiansen set bail at $15,000 cash or surety.