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Waubun man gets jail for assaulting woman

A Waubun man was sentenced Monday in Becker County District Court on a felony domestic assault charge.

Neil Daniel Englund, 35, of 37027 County Highway 21, Waubun, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, stayed on conditions including completion of up to five years of supervised probation, a 60-day jail sentence and community service in lieu of $1,160 in court fines and fees.

A second felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation was dismissed.

Englund was initially accused of assaulting and trying to choke his girlfriend at the home they shared in Becker County, around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2011.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman came to the White Earth Police Department on Dec. 22 to report that her boyfriend (Englund) had allegedly assaulted her.

She said Englund grabbed her by the ankles, dragged her out of bed, then threw her down and sat on top of her while putting both hands around her throat and starting to strangle her.

She said she had difficulty speaking and breathing for several seconds, and the officer who took her complaint noticed bruising and redness around her neck.

The woman said Englund had broken the phone and wouldn't allow her to leave, then allegedly threatened further harm to her if she tried to tell anyone about the incident. Eventually, she said she was able to get away and walk to the police department to report the incident.