Austin man gets prison for domestic assault

Published 8:34 am Wednesday, December 6, 2017


A man who assaulted a woman after an argument is headed to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.

Jerome Anthony Watkins, 27, of Austin was sentenced to 30 months in prison for felony domestic assault. He pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a plea agreement on July 25.

Charges of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor obstructing the legal process-resisting arrest were dropped at the sentencing.

Email newsletter signup

Judge Jeffrey Kritzer issued the sentencing.

Watkins was arrested in November 2016 after police received a call from a woman saying Watkins had “strangled” her.

The woman told police the two had argued about Watkins taking away a cell phone from the victim’s daughter. She said Watkins choked her for five seconds and later pushed her against a wall, causing her to fall to the floor. Police photographed injuries on the woman’s body.

A review of Watkins’ criminal record shows prior convictions for domestic assault, terroristic threats, and violating a domestic assault no contact order.