Southington man pleads guilty to strangling woman, trying to throw her out hotel window

Published on Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:10


SOUTHINGTON - A Southington man has pleaded guilty to viciously beating a woman in March, when he held a knife to her throat and tried throwing her out the window, and contacting the victim three times against a judge’s orders.

Michael Lasek, 39, pleaded guilty to one count each of strangulation and violation of a protective order during a hearing on Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court. A number of charges are expected to be dropped at his sentencing hearing.

Lasek, who is being held on $75,000 bond, is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 14. According to police, he struck a woman in the face multiple times and kicked her in the stomach during a domestic dispute on March 20 at the Residence Inn, at 778 West St. While in one of the rooms at the hotel, he also strangled the woman, cutting off her ability to breathe, held a knife to her throat and tried to throw her out of the room’s window, according to police.

Following his arrest, when Lasek was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree threatening, second-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree strangulation, interfering with a 911 call and second-degree breach of peace, he was ordered by a judge to not contact the victim.

Lasek was later arrested three times for violating the order, piling up a total of five counts of violation of a protective order. During his most recent arrest, on July 22, state prosecutors said Lasek called the woman multiple times and sent her 14 text messages. Prosecutors have said the woman has extreme safety concerns.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:10. Updated: Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:13.