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May 9, 2014

Former Malone man gets prison sentence for strangulation

MALONE — A former Malone man was sentenced to state prison Thursday for trying to strangle his ex-girlfriend by choking her from behind with a pipe.

Michael J. Jackson, 40, who used to live at 54 Center St., was sentenced to 161/3 to 19 years in prison by Acting Franklin County Court Judge John Hall after being found guilty in a four-day trial in March.

Jackson was convicted of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, first-degree criminal contempt, third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

He testified at trial that the injuries the unidentified woman suffered were self-inflicted.

Prosecutors said Jackson broke into the woman’s Fort Covington apartment in October and struck her with a pipe. He then pressed it against her throat from behind, cutting off her breathing.

Jackson stopped her from calling for help by taking her cell phone and instead made a call to emergency dispatchers, saying he was the victim of a domestic assault, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

But an investigating State Police officer saw the woman and “learned that such was not the case,” the release states.

“The victims of domestic violence deserve tremendous credit for coming forward and facing their abusers,” said Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne.

“All too often the abuser talks victims into not calling the police or pursuing charges.

“Hopefully, today’s verdict is a catalyst for other victims to come forward and stop the cycle of abuse.”

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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