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Brainerd man faces prison time in domestic assault case

A 26-year-old Brainerd man faces prison time for allegedly strangling a woman he met on Facebook. The victim met the man on Facebook a year ago, had a romantic interlude with him and the domestic assault incident occurred on her second encounter ...

Justin Don Dechon
Justin Don Dechon

A 26-year-old Brainerd man faces prison time for allegedly strangling a woman he met on Facebook.

The victim met the man on Facebook a year ago, had a romantic interlude with him and the domestic assault incident occurred on her second encounter with him, court documents stated.

The man, Justin Don Dechon, was charged Wednesday in Crow Wing District Court for felony third-degree assault to cause substantial bodily harm; felony domestic assault by strangulation; felony domestic assault; felony of making terroristic threats with reckless disregard risk; and gross misdemeanor of interrupting with an emergency call.

Judge Kristine DeMay set unconditional bail at $100,000 or $50,000 with conditions that include Dechon make all court appearances, be on good behavior, cannot use alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants, cannot enter any bar establishments and cannot make contact with the victim.

Dechon's next court appearance is set at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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According to the criminal complaint filed against Dechon:

• At 7:50 p.m. Nov. 8, officers were dispatched to the 800 block of G Street in Brainerd in regard to a domestic assault. Officers were advised that a female was being choked and the phone had become disconnected and that when reconnected again, dispatchers overheard a physical altercation taking place.

• When a Crow Wing County deputy approached the residence, he heard yelling and screaming from a female. The deputy went to the front door and observed a male with his hands attempting to grab the female and the female was pushing the male back. The female was able to get away and opened the door for the deputy, who took the man into custody.

• A Brainerd police officer spoke with the victim, who was crying hysterically and complaining of severe pain in the neck and her face. She told the officer that Dechon had assaulted her and choked her on two occasions. She said he had placed his hands around her neck and squeezed it causing her to lose her breath, stop breathing and that she went unconscious. The woman said when she woke up, Dechon grabbed a hold of her and threw her toward a glass patio door, which she hit with her head. He then grabbed her around her neck with both of his hands and squeezed hard making it difficult to breath.

• The victim told the officer immediately prior to the defendant attempting to strangle her, he had lunged toward her with a raged look in his eyes and screamed at her "Bitch, you are going to die." The woman feared for her safety and took seriously that he was going to hurt or possibly kill her.

• The victim told the officer after his second attempt to strangle her, she grabbed her cellphone and dialed 911, but he took the phone away from her.

The criminal complaint stated Dechon's criminal history includes domestic assault on Jan. 4, 2005, and a conviction on Aug. 1, 2013.

According to the probable cause court document, the victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. She had severe redness and swelling to her neck area. It also said that there were several broken pieces of furniture in the house, indicating a fight.

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JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

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