Former local police officer sentenced for choking, throwing girlfriend

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 7:15 PM

(KMOV) – A former Velda City police officer was given probation for choking and assaulting a girlfriend he was dating in 2011.

James Kuehnlein was found guilty of second- and third-degree domestic assault.

According to prosecutors, Kuehnlein went to the apartment of the woman he was dating in May, 2011. They sat down to eat but she noticed he was acting strangely.

The woman then told Kuehnlein to leave but he refused.

Prosecutors said he choked the woman and threw her to the ground. He then pulled a handful of her hair and put his thumb inside her mouth in a “fish hook” motion.

A neighbor heard the woman screaming and called police. Officers arrived to the scene and arrested Kuehnlein.

Police said the woman suffered a minor concussion and injuries to her face and throat.

 

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