December 12, 2012

Westport man pleaded guilty to strangulation


---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — A Westport man originally charged with attempted murder recently pleaded guilty to felony strangulation.

John King, 48, pleaded guilty to first-degree strangulation, a class C violent felony, immediately before the start of his trial in Essex County Court.

King was indicted in December 2011 by an Essex County grand jury for second-degree attempted murder, first-degree strangulation, second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

King admitted to punching his wife in the face during an argument in their home and then strangling her until she was unconscious in September 2011, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release. King’s wife called 911 and State Police and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department responded to the couple’s home, according to the release.

King’s wife taken by ambulance to Elizabethtown Community Hospital where she was treated for her injuries, according to the release.

For the accused to be convicted, legislation passed in November 2010 requires proof that the defendant applied pressure on the throat or neck of the victim with the intent to impede the normal breathing or circulation of blood of the victim, thereby causing serious physical injury, according to the release.

Serious physical injury in this case was the substantial risk of death to the victim, according to the release.

The plea agreement calls for a 10-year prison sentence with five years of post-release supervision, a final order of protection for King’s wife, mandatory surcharges and fees, and a waiver of King’s appeal rights.

King’s lawyer is Joseph Brennan of Glens Falls.

Sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb 21, 2013.

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