Austin man pleads to choking ex-girlfriend

Published 8:27 am Friday, October 7, 2011

An Austin man who reportedly choked his ex-girlfriend as they argued over a dog kennel entered into a plea agreement in Mower County District Court on Thursday.

Jesse Coy Brady, 32, entered an Alford plea to one count of domestic assault — a gross misdemeanor. An Alford plea means the defendant admits there is enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty but does not admit to committing the crime. Two felony domestic assault charges and one count of terroristic threats were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

The alleged assault happened July 15, when Brady was moving his belongings out of his ex-girlfriend’s house. According to a court complaint, Brady became confrontational as the two were arguing over a dog kennel.

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The woman told police Brady pushed the kennel into her, causing an injury on her arm. He then allegedly grabbed her by the neck and told her he would kill her. Brady choked the woman for about 10 seconds, to the point she couldn’t breathe, according to the court complaint.

Officers observed red marks on the woman’s neck, arm and back consistent with her claims.

Brady’s father, who was at the house but not in the same room at the time of the reported assault, said he didn’t see anything happen and didn’t see any injuries on the woman.

Court documents indicate Brady has domestic assault convictions in 2001 and 2006.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 10.