The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 31, 2013

Clinton man sentenced on strangulation charge

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A Clinton man has received a suspended sentence for strangling the mother of his children.

Joshua T. Wilson, 28, 121 1/2 North Third St., pleaded guilty Thursday to the amended charge of domestic-abuse assault with strangulation, without injury. The original charge was domestic abuse- assault with strangulation and bodily injury. He was ordered to serve 240 days in the Clinton County jail, with 209 days suspended and credit for 31 days served, and was fined $625.

According to court documents, police were dispatched at 10:10 p.m. June 23 to 121 1/2 N. Third St., for a report of domestic abuse. The victim told police her former boyfriend and the father of two of her children, Wilson, visited the residence to see his children and an altercation began. She said that she grabbed her cellphone and called her downstairs neighbor, asking her to come upstairs, according to the affidavit.

Before the victim hung up the phone, Wilson grabbed her by the top of the hair and pushed her onto the master bed, wrapping both of his hands around her throat and squeezing, making it difficult to breathe, according to court documents.

The affidavit continues that the victim’s female neighbor went up the apartment and observed the defendant on top of the victim in the bedroom. The neighbor told Wilson to let go of the victim and tried to push and pull him off. She told officers that he grabbed the victim by the hair and threw her into the bedroom wall before fleeing the residence.

Clinton police officers located Wilson at 10:40 p.m. in the 1300 block alley between Third and Fourth streets. According to court documents, he ran but was apprehended after a short foot chase.

Wilson must complete the Batterers Education Program. A no-contact order was cancelled and a charge of interference with official acts was dismissed.