Man charged with choking girlfriend

2014-06-04T16:11:00Z 2014-06-04T21:03:08Z Man charged with choking girlfriendBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 29-year-old man convicted of assaulting a pregnant woman and his mother appeared in court Wednesday on a felony aggravated assault charge alleging he choked his girlfriend during an argument in April.

Leo Aaron Pinnick also faces an alternative charge of felony partner or family member assault.

Justice Court Judge Pedro R. Hernandez set Pinnick’s bond at $20,000 and scheduled his appearance in district court for June 12.

Police arrested Pinnick April 14 after responding to a disturbance report in the 400 block of Cook Avenue, according to charging documents.

Police spoke to the alleged victim, who said Pinnick had pushed her onto a couch, bit the top of her head and choked her. Officers spoke with Pinnick, who denied assaulting the alleged victim, saying they had argued about her drinking.

According to prosecutors, Pinnick was convicted in Wyoming of aggravated assault and battery injuring his then-girlfriend, who was pregnant. He was also convicted in March of this year for assaulting his mother.

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