ELIZABETHTOWN - A Westport man faces 10 years in prison for assaulting his wife in September 2011.
Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague said in a press release that John King, 48, pleaded guilty to first-degree strangulation, a class C violent felony, just before a trial was scheduled to begin in Essex County Court on Tuesday. The plea agreement calls for King to be sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence with five years of post-release supervision. Sentencing will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 21, 2013.
Sprague said King was originally indicted in December 2011 for second-degree attempted murder, first-degree strangulation, second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.
"The defendant was charged for punching his wife in the face during an argument and then strangling her until she was rendered unconcscious inside their residence," Sprague said.
King's victim then called 911 and was taken by ambulance to Elizabethtown Community Hospital. State police and the Essex County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene and took King into custody.
Sprague said the charge of first-degree strangulation required the prosecution to prove that King applied pressure to his victim's neck with the intent of cutting off blood flow or impeding her ability to breath and thereby causing "serious physical injury.
"Serious physical injury in this case was the substantial risk of death to the victim," Sprague said.
As part of the plea deal, a final order of protection was issued for the victim, and King will pay mandatory surcharges and fees. He will also waive his right to appeal.