A 36-year-old Ramsey man received probation on a guilty plea to a felony charge stemming from a fight over a vacuum cleaner.
Mark Kennedy Heurkins, who had pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to felony terroristic threats charge, was sentenced May 8 to five years of probation and was given credit for 61 days served in jail.
Probation conditions include domestic abuse counseling/treatment, programming and aftercare and/or anger management programs as determined by Anoka County Corrections.
He was also was fined $2,000, which will be vacated if Heurkins remains law abiding and does not re-offend within two years.
Heurkins was charged Dec. 14, 2012, with felony terroristic threats, felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault. The last two charges were dismissed following his guilty plea.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to assist a woman at a home on the 16700 block of St. Francis Blvd. around 11 p.m. Dec. 12, 2012.
Someone calling 911 said he heard a woman being threatened by Heurkins and he was choking her.
When officers talked to the woman, she said it was an argument over a vacuum and it turned physical.
She said Heurkins threw her on the bed and choked her to the point were she had difficulty breathing and saw stars.
While he was choking her, Heurkins told the woman, “I’m going to kill you.”
Tammy Sakry is at firstname.lastname@example.org