An Elroy man faces three charges, including strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse repeater, from an alleged incident on Feb. 11.
Matthew J. Sweatt, 35, was also charged with one count of misdemeanor battery, domestic abuse repeater, and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse repeater. For the strangulation and suffocation charge, Sweatt could face a felony conviction, a $10,000 fine, imprisonment of no more than six years, or both. The misdemeanor battery charge carries a possible $10,000 fine, no more than nine months in prison, or both, while Sweatt could be fined $1,000 for the disorderly conduct charge, no more than 90 days in prison, or both.
According to a criminal complaint, Sweatt allegedly struck a female numerous times, leading to facial injuries. The alleged victim told police Sweatt hit her with a closed left fist on the right side or her head, right arm, and right leg. Based on the report, Sweatt used his right hand to hold the victim by the throat, causing her to lose her breath.
Deputies from the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office were notified of the incident from a neighbor calling 911. Sweatt was asleep when deputies found him. They woke him up and Sweatt appeared surprised to see them at his residence. According to the report, Sweatt denied striking the female.
Sweatt admitted he had been drinking, which was a violation of his probation. When he got up, deputies noticed fresh scratches on his chest. When asked about the scratches, Sweatt didn’t know how they got there. He was transported to the Juneau County Jail.
Based on a follow-up interview with the alleged victim, she told police Sweatt had been drinking at a bar in Union Center prior to the assault. She said he was “driving crazy” on the way home. The victim became scared and told him to slow down. He allegedly hit her in the car on the drive home.
After they returned home, Sweatt locked the female out of a bedroom. She was able to force her way in and Sweatt allegedly began hitting her repeatedly. She asked for the 72-hour no contact rule, signed a bodily harm lack of consent form and was taken to the emergency room at Mile Bluff Medical Center.
Sweatt was convicted of criminal damage to property, domestic abuse repeater, and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse repeater on July 7, 2015 in Monroe County. Sweatt had a motion hearing on Thursday and is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference in the district attorney’s office on April 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Juneau County Justice Center.