Felony strangulation charges were DROPPED prior to trial and the trial for Assault resulted in a NOT GUILTY verdict.

VA Law 18.2-57 classifies Assault as a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a $2500 fine, supervised probation, and various behavioral classes. Va Law 18.2-51.6 classifies Strangulation as a class 6 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a $2500 fine and supervised probation.

§ 18.2-57. Assault and battery; penalty.

A. Any person who commits a simple assault or assault and battery is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, and if the person intentionally selects the person against whom a simple assault is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color or national origin, the penalty upon conviction shall include a term of confinement of at least six months, 30 days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.

§ 18.2-51.6. Strangulation of another; penalty.

Any person who, without consent, impedes the blood circulation or respiration of another person by knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully applying pressure to the neck of such person resulting in the wounding or bodily injury of such person is guilty of strangulation, a Class 6 felony.

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