Rose Creek man convicted of domestic assault

Published 11:09 am Monday, May 6, 2013

A Rose Creek man accused of punching, strangling and forcing a woman to stay at home on Oct. 24, 2012, was convicted of domestic assault.

Aaron Thomas Bixby, 38, was sentenced Friday in Mower County Court to two years’ supervised probation and 50 hours of community service for gross misdemeanor domestic assault. Bixby must also pay a $300 fine. Two felony charges, domestic assault by strangulation and false imprisonment, were dismissed.

According to the court complaint, the victim argued with Bixby while riding back from Rochester. The victim said Bixby pulled over, grabbed her neck until she couldn’t breathe and punched her several times in the face, according to the court complaint. The woman also said she later tried to go for a walk; however, Bixby picked her up and carried her back into the house and would not let her leave.

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Bixby later tried to apologize, according to the complaint, but the victim ignored his apologies and angered him further. Bixby reportedly grabbed the woman’s arm so hard she thought he had broken it.

The woman went to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin the next day where an officer learned about the assault and photographed the injuries, which included a black eye and bruises on her neck and arm. The officer later arrested Bixby at the Holiday Inn in Austin.