CLINTON — A Maquoketa man received a deferred judgment this week for an incident in which he choked his wife.

Scott S. Gambleton, 28, formerly of Delmar, pleaded guilty to domestic abuse-assault by strangulation and was granted a 12-month deferred judgement. He must pay a $625 civil penalty and complete the Batterers Education Program. If he meets all of the requirements of his probation, the charge will be dismissed and will not be on his record.

According to Iowa Courts Online, this is Gambleton’s first conviction in Iowa.

The charge relates to a May 27 incident where Clinton County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 9:06 p.m. to Gambleton’s former residence, 310 Delmar Ave., Delmar, for a report of domestic abuse. Officers arriving at the residence spoke to the defendant, who said he and his wife had gotten into an argument which turned physical, according to court documents.

 The affidavit continues that the victim stated her husband had been drinking and had physically assaulted her. Deputies noted she had a fresh cut underneath her left lip, a bruise on her left inside bicep, scratches on her back and two swollen marks on the inside of her right neck.

According to court documents, the victim said that Gambleton tossed her onto the ground and began to choke her. The defendant had a swollen left eye from the victim punching him to get him to stop choking her, according the affidavit.

Also inside the residence were three young children; two sleeping and one still awake, according to the affidavit.


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