A Lyndon Station man faces three domestic abuse charges, including strangulation and suffocation, after being arrested March 21.

Troy L. Crain, 34, also faces a misdemeanor battery, domestic abuse charge, along with one count of disorderly conduct, domestic abuse, also a repeat offense. For the strangulation charge, Crain could face a $10,000 fine or six years in prison, or both. Because Crain was charged with taking and driving a vehicle in Columbia County in 2015, his penalty for the March arrest may be increased by no more than two years for misdemeanors and no more than four years if the prior conviction was for a felony.

For the battery offense, Crain could be fined $10,000 or face a nine-month prison term or both, and for the disorderly conduct charge, Crain could be fined $1,000 or be in prison for no more than 90 days.

According to a criminal complaint:

On March 21, a deputy from the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office investigated a domestic disturbance in the town of Lyndon. An officer from the Wisconsin Dells Police Department reported the alleged victim was beaten by Crain and taken to Hess Memorial Hospital in Mauston. When the deputy met the victim in the emergency room, he noticed multiple bruises, cuts and scabs on her face, arms and hands. She stated she was also strangled by Crain.

She told the deputy there had been multiple abuse incidents since February and Crain had allegedly thrown her out of a car at the Dunkin Donuts in Wisconsin Dells. Based on the amount and color of her bruises, the deputy estimated she had been abused multiple times. He also noticed bruising around her neck and chin.

When asked about the injuries, she was hesitant to tell police what happened in fear Crain would kill her. She did agree to talk and told them she had been dating Crain since last August. They started living together and she alleged the physical abuse began after he was released from jail near the end of February. She claims she was beaten almost every day. The deputy called Hope House to find the victim a safe place to stay and she agreed to press charges.

She told police that on March 20, Crain, intoxicated, hit her with an open palm two to three times. Based on her statement, he also took her to the floor and choked her causing her to lose consciousness for a few minutes before letting go. As she told police about the abuse, she began crying and told the deputy to leave the room for a minute. She signed a lack of consent form, a release of medical records, and invoked the 72-hour no contact rule against Crain.

Crain tried to leave on foot, but was apprehended in Sauk County. Crain also faces charges for theft and operating with a revoked license in Sauk County and will have a pre-trial conference there on April 21 at 9:15 a.m.

Contact Kevin Damask at 608-963-7323 or on Twitter @kdamask

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