Chris Christensen, Minot, sentenced to 100 days, two years supervised probation, for strangling girlfriend
Chris Edward Christensen, 25, Minot, was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison, with a requirement that he serve 100 days, and two years of supervised probation for strangling his girlfriend on May 14. He will receive credit for the 80 days he already served in the Ward County Jail for the Class C felony.
Judge Richard Hagar also ordered Christensen to complete a domestic violence offenders evaluation and follow through on any recommended treatment and to pay $525 in court costs.
The mother of the victim told police she had been on the phone with her daughter. She overheard Christensen yelling at the victim and her daughter telling Christensen to get away from her and stop cornering her. She overheard a struggle, a scream and then the phone disconnected.
The victim later told police that Christensen had pinned her down on a bed with one arm on her chest and his hand around her throat when she would not give him the telephone. Christensen held her like this for about two minutes. The woman told police that Christensen had been violent with her on previous occasions and she had learned how to maneuver to escape when Christensen put her into a choke hold. She got away from him and left the residence. Police observed red marks on the woman’s neck when they responded.
Christensen actively resisted arrest when officers made contact with him and tried to handcuff him, according to an affidavit filed with the court.