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Man pleads not guilty to strangling girlfriend in December attack

Posted: January 6, 2013 - 12:11am

A 29-year-old man is facing four felony assault charges for allegedly hurting his girlfriend by strangling her last month.

Jesse H. Boone pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Christmas Eve.

The girlfriend escaped the Dec. 5 attack by running to a neighbor’s house and having the neighbor call 911, according to an affidavit filed by prosecutors.

The affidavit says police apprehended Boone, and he is currently being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in lieu of $15,000 bond.

The woman told responding police officers that Boone came home drunk, threw her to the floor and strangled her until she lost consciousness, according to the affidavit. He kept attacking her each time she would regain consciousness or try to get away, the affidavit states. She told the neighbor and police that she thought he was trying to kill her, the affidavit states.

Police observed redness on her neck that was consistent with her story, the affidavit says. The officers also observed her lip was busted and there was redness as well as scratches and small cuts on her arm and back.

Boone was indicted by a Juneau grand jury convened by the district attorney’s office on Dec. 21. He was indicted on two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of third-degree assault for allegedly causing physical injury to her with his hands and for recklessly placing her in fear of ‘imminent serious physical injury.’

Those are class ‘B’ and ‘C’ felonies that are punishable by up to 10 and five years in prison, respectively.

A tentative trial date was scheduled for March. Court documents show he is represented by Public Defender Grace Lee.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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