A Mauston man faces three charges, including strangulation and suffocation, from an alleged incident in mid-December.
On Jan. 9, Robert D. Bohnert, 33, was charged with one count of strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse, misdemeanor battery, domestic abuse, and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse. The strangulation charge is a Class H felony and Bohnert could face both a $10,000 fine, imprisonment of no more than six years, or both. The misdemeanor battery offense carries a possible $10,000 fine, incarceration of no more than nine months, or both, while the disorderly conduct charge has a maximum $1,000 fine, imprisonment of no more than 90 days, or both.
According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 17, two officers from the Mauston Police Department were called to a residence on W. Milwaukee Street after dispatch reported that a male attempted to choke a female.
Upon arriving to the scene, the alleged victim told police she had been arguing a lot with Bohnert. He was making dinner and became upset when the alleged victim said she didn’t like what he was making.
Bohnert threw the female to the floor and began choking her. He also allegedly held her hands above her head as she was on the floor and shook her.
An officer spoke with Bohnert. He said the relationship between him and the alleged victim had been deteriorating. Bohnert said he argued with her for about 45 minutes, but couldn’t remember what triggered the argument. According to Bohnert, the female threw a potato peeler at him while he was preparing dinner.
Bohnert told police, “I did something I am not proud of.” He admitted to forcing her to the ground and placing a hand around her neck, but did not squeeze it. Bohnert said he did not intend to harm the female and let his anger “get the best of him.” He was arrested and taken into custody without incident. The alleged victim waived a 72-hour no contact rule against Bohnert.
Bohnert has a pre-trial conference scheduled on March 28 at 9 a.m. in the district attorney’s office. On May 2, Bohnert will be in court for a plea hearing at 12:45 p.m. at the Juneau County Justice Center in Mauston.