Austin man convicted of terroristic threats

Published 11:36 am Sunday, September 3, 2017

A man who threatened to “finish” a woman with a baseball bat after allegedly assaulting her pleaded guilty on Thursday in Mower County District Court.

Christopher John Marcks, 25

Christopher John Marcks, 25, of Austin was convicted of felony terroristic threats, to which he pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.

Charges of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault will be dismissed at sentencing.

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According to court records, an officer was called on June 8 to the emergency room at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Austin. A woman there told the officer that an argument with Marcks the evening before had turned physical.

She told the officer that while she was on the bed, Marcks grabbed her by the throat, pulled her to floor, and began to bang her head on the floor. He strangled her and cursed at her.

She said he kicked her while on the floor and punched her on the left side of her face. He stopped the assault when a child came in the room.

The woman said she called her sister after the assault. Her sister arrived and Marcks grabbed a baseball bat and said, “I’m going to finish this.”

The victim’s sister convinced him to put down the bat and go for a walk.

When the injured woman left the residence the next morning, Marcks was asleep on the couch. She went to the hospital because of the pain and to report the assault.

The officer observed numerous injuries to the woman. The officer contacted the victim’s sister, who recounted what she saw when she arrived at the house.

Marcks was arrested and the baseball bat was seized as evidence. Marcks told police he and the woman had an argument and “tussled.” He said he did not know if the victim was injured and that he held her wrists, not her throat.

When an officer explained the victim’s numerous injuries, Marcks claimed she inflicted the injuries herself and blamed him.

Marcks will be sentenced on Dec. 14.