BRISTOL - A city man has pleaded guilty to choking a woman during a dispute in July to the point where she almost lost consciousness and spit up blood.
Shawn Nedorostek, 40, of 27 Reilly Place, accepted a plea deal during a hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault. In exchange, charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor were dropped.
Nedorostek was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and two years’ probation. During probation, he has been ordered to undergo substance abuse and a psychiatric evaluation, if deemed necessary by his supervising officer, and to make no threats or display any assaultive behavior toward the victim.
Paul Rotiroti, state prosecutor, said Nedorostek suffered a serious brain injury prior to his arrest that may have contributed to his violent behavior. Rotiroti said that played a role in the plea bargain.
Additionally, Rotiroti said, the complainant in the case did not want the charges prosecuted.
According to the arrest warrant, Nedorostek attacked his girlfriend on July 27, 2016, in their home around 8:30 p.m. The woman told police he wouldn’t come out of the bedroom when she called him for dinner, then abruptly came out and started strangling her.
The girlfriend was in the same room as her juvenile son - whose name and age are not in the warrant - when Nedorostek got on top of her and started choking her, the document said. The woman said she could not breathe and felt like she was going to pass out.
Nedorostek then put the woman in a chokehold before throwing her to the ground, where she hit her head, she told police. He then grabbed her by the throat again, when the child began to yell, “Mommy is going to die.”
The woman’s stepson - who is also not identified in the warrant - then came into the room and was able to pull Nedorostek off his girlfriend. Nedorostek, police said, then chased his girlfriend and her son outside, where she knocked on a nearby door and called police.
According to the warrant, the victim spit up blood after the attack.
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