PLATTSBURGH — A Peru man was sentenced to five years in jail on Friday for strangling and beating his girlfriend.
Clinton County Judge Patrick McGill sentenced Bryan J. Carte, 49, to five years incarceration for his conviction of the class “D” violent felony of second-degree strangulation, according to a release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.
In March 2012, a jury deliberated for about five hours over two days before finding that on April 3, 2011, Carte, then 48, smashed a pizza in his girlfriend’s face, then choked her and punched her multiple times.
The woman suffered multiple abrasions, a concussion, facial bruises and a sprained knee, the statement said.
Carte was also additionally convicted of breaking the victim’s finger on March 5, 2011 and then breaking her arm on March 23 of that same year.
For the lesser convictions of assault, according to the release, Carte was sentenced to one year in jail on each charge, to be served concurrently.
He was additionally ordered to pay $1,500 in fines, $375 in mandatory surcharges and Judge McGill also issued an order of protection for the victim that expires in 2025.
Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer, who prosecuted the case, was appreciative of the judge’s decision and the efforts of law enforcement.
“We are very pleased with the sentence handed down by Judge McGill,” he said in a statement. “It is difficult to prosecute these types of matters and I would like to recognize the responding troopers of the New York State Police for thoroughly investigating this case so that justice could be done.”
Carte faced a maximum of seven years in prison on the strangulation charge and up to one year in jail on the lesser convictions for assault. He was remanded to begin serving his sentence following a half hour long proceeding.
Carte was represented by attorney Mark Cowen.