Previous assault convict sentenced for felony act

Published 11:00 am Friday, October 18, 2013

A 23-year-old convicted of misdemeanors in five different criminal cases since May was convicted of a felony Thursday in Mower County Court.

Washington Zinnah, of Austin, was convicted of felony assault and sentenced to five years’ supervised probation and 80 hours of community service. A felony charge for domestic assault was dismissed.

The victim said Zinnah threw a large, plastic car and a stroller at her and attempted to strangle her on July 28. Police arrested Zinnah that night after the alleged victim reported the attack. According to the court complaint, Zinnah appeared at the victim’s Austin home and was banging on the front door. The two argued, and Zinnah reportedly threw a child’s large, plastic car, which struck the woman in the leg. He also threw a stroller, which missed the woman, the complaint added.

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Zinnah followed the woman into the house, busted two windows with a bicycle and tried to grab the victim by the throat. Officers said he ran when they arrived; however, they were able to arrest him at Taser-point.

According to the court complaint, Zinnah was convicted of domestic assault in Missouri in 2011. And since May, in Mower County, he has been convicted twice for giving a peace officer a false name, fifth-degree assault, disorderly conduct and driving after suspension.