LITCHFIELD - An 18-month prison sentence has been imposed on a Grove City man who choked and strangled a woman for 25 minutes.
Jerimiah Jacob Shoutz, 32, was sentenced in Meeker County District Court on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation. Two gross misdemeanor domestic assault charges were dismissed at sentencing.
Shoutz was given credit for 68 days already served in jail. He was ordered to pay $335 in fines and court fees, which is to be paid from his prison earnings.
State law requires that a prisoner serve at least two-thirds of a sentence incarcerated. The remainder may be served on supervised release.
According to court documents, a woman reported in March that Shoutz had assaulted, smothered and strangled her. The detective interviewing her saw marks on her face and neck and noted that her voice was raspy.
The woman told the detective that Shoutz had shoved her down and trapped her in a closet at her home. For 25 minutes, she told authorities, he put both hands over her mouth and face or around her neck to keep her from breathing. He stopped after 25 minutes. The woman said she was unable to scream during the assault.
According to court documents, Shoutz has one previous domestic violence conviction in 2013.