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Man convicted of strangling girlfriend [UPDATED]

Published 6:15am Thursday, October 18, 2012 Updated 8:17am Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Park Rapids man was convicted Monday for felony domestic assault by strangulation after brutally attacking his girlfriend while the two were in a car on a state highway in Otter Tail County.

Conrad Braydon Dickerson, 40, was sentenced to 310 days in jail (with 95 already served), placed on supervised probation for four years and fined $750.

Court records state that Dickerson assaulted his girlfriend while she was driving south on State Highway 106 near State Highway 78. Witness reports stated that the two had gotten into an argument and had been sitting in silence for a few minutes when Dickerson (who was in the front passenger seat) attacked her suddenly, slamming her head against her seat and a window before grabbing her around the neck and squeezing.

The car skidded and came to a sideways stop on the road, and the woman said the choking went on long enough that she became exhausted and could not remember where she was.

After Dickerson stopped assaulting her, he reportedly threatened her with further harm, citing local gang connections.

A deputy later located the place on the road where the woman’s car skidded. The woman was hospitalized and examined for internal and brain injuries, but fortunately she escaped major harm.

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