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POLSON — A Polson man who was accused of assaulting a partner or family member will avoid any more jail time if he can stay out of trouble for the next five years.

Christian Lee Wilson, 24, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Jan. 26 to the amended charge of felony criminal endangerment. He was initially charged with felony strangulation of a partner or family member, and violation of a no contact order. Judge James Manley committed Wilson to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with all that time suspended. The charge of violation of a no contact order was dismissed during the March 23 sentencing hearing.

According to court records, on Nov. 14, Polson police responded to a 911 call regarding a woman seen crying and saying she couldn’t breathe. The person calling also reported that they had witnessed a man come out and slap the crying woman before taking her back inside. Upon arrival, officers could hear arguing from the suspected apartment. They then encountered the alleged victim, “Jane Doe,” who was crying. Upon entering the apartment, the officers found Wilson attempting to hide under a bed. Both officers were aware of a no contact order prohibiting Wilson from seeing “Jane Doe.”

The alleged victim went on to state that she had wanted to attend her sister’s birthday party, but Wilson refused to let her leave. She said he grabbed her by the throat and slammed her onto a table. Wilson is also accused of putting his hand over her nose and mouth, preventing her from breathing for a couple seconds. The alleged victim said she scratched Wilson to get him to stop. She said she was aware of the no contact order, but they loved each other. Both stated they wanted to marry and have children, according to the charging document.

Judge Manley gave Wilson credit for having already served 73 days in jail. Wilson was also ordered to attend up to 40 hours of counseling.

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