A 44-year-old Oakdale man was sentenced to prison July 19 in Anoka County District Court following a guilty plea to a felony domestic assault charge.
Jeffrey Scott Roehling was sent to the St. Cloud Correctional Facility for two years, although he was given credit for the 158 days he already served in the Anoka County Jail, according to court records.
He must also pay an $85 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, the July 23, 2011 domestic dispute Roehling had with his girlfriend at the time in her Andover home was not his first run-in with the law. He was convicted of violating an order for protection and convicted on two separate charges of felony harassment. These prior convictions led to this most recent incident becoming a felony charge.
Roehling’s girlfriend told police who responded to the incident that Roehling put his hand on her throat and squeezed until she let go of the cell phone that she wanted to use to dial 911 because the two of them were having a heated argument. He said she was not going to call 911, spit in her face and he threatened to kill her.
She said she gagged from being choked, according to the complaint.
The woman said he also took her car keys to prevent her from leaving. She ran to a neighbor’s home to call 911.
In a post-Miranda statement, Roehling denied putting his hands on or near his girlfriend’s throat, but agreed that he had pushed her upper sternum area to get her out of his way, according to the complaint.
A gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a 911 call was dismissed.
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