Guilty plea for interfering with call

A 36-year-old Fridley man received a stayed jail sentence and probation in Anoka County District Court for interfering with an emergency call.

Michael Jon Kleppen pleaded guilty to interfering with the emergency call, a gross misdemeanor, Sept. 21 as part of a plea deal, which dismissed a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and a misdemeanor domestic assault charge of committing an act with intent to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death.

Kleppen will have to serve 30 days of a 365 day sentence, but he was given credit for three days served. The rest of the 335 day sentence was stayed for two years and he will be on probation until September 2014.

According to the criminal complaint, Kleppen was riding in a car with woman March 17 and pair were arguing as they were driving on Highway 10, sometime after 11 p.m.

During the argument, Kleppen hit the woman across the face and began to strangle her to the point that she was afraid of passing out or crashing her vehicle.

Once the pair reached her Ramsey home in the 148th Lane neighborhood, the woman attempted to call 911 on her cell phone.

Kleppen grabbed the phone and threw it to the ground, destroying the phone.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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