Cornish man pleads guilty to choking woman, sentenced to time served plus 3 days

By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal
Posted Aug. 18, 2012, at 9:23 a.m.

PARIS, Maine — A Cornish man who pleaded guilty Friday to choking a woman into unconsciousness in February will be released from jail Monday based on time served.

Tyler D. Smith, 25, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in Oxford County Superior Court. He was sentenced to six years, with all but six months suspended, and was given credit for time served. Smith has been held in Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn since his last arrest.

He will be on probation for two years and must undergo a psychological evaluation. He isn’t allowed to contact the woman or her immediate family and can’t use or possess illegal drugs.

In an affidavit by Sgt. Matthew Baker of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, Smith admitted to Baker that he had choked the woman twice and one time was afraid he had killed her. Smith told Baker that he and the woman had been fighting for weeks and “things were escalating,” the affidavit said.

The incident took place in Hiram.

Smith also was convicted of violating the conditions of his release. Another assault charge was dismissed.

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