Court dismisses strangulation charge against Brainerd man

Two of the three charges against Brainerd man were dismissed; he was convicted for disorderly conduct.


A felony domestic assault by strangulation charge was dismissed in the case against a 32-year-old Brainerd man.

Patrick John Majka was charged Dec. 6, 2019, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd, with felony domestic assault by strangulation and two misdemeanors of domestic assault to cause fear of immediate bodily harm and disorderly conduct.

According to court documents, the felony and the domestic assault count were dismissed May 8 and Majka was convicted of disorderly conduct. Judicial Officer Christopher Strandlie sentenced the Brainerd man to a year of unsupervised probation and if he violates any of the conditions of his release, he may have to serve 90 days in Crow Wing County Jail. Conditions include Majka remain law abiding, have no other similar offenses and he pays all the fines and court costs on time. Majka paid the $135 fine he owed and his balance was zero as of Thursday, Oct. 29. The judge also canceled the domestic abuse no contact order against the man.

According to the probable cause document filed in court, Brainerd police were called Dec. 5, 2019, to a report of a physical domestic assault at a Brainerd residence. Majka denied any physical altercation, but stated the woman pulled his beard. He also told police he wrapped the woman up at one point around her chest to stop the altercation.

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