Torrington, Wyo. (Story by Denise Heilbrun-Ellis) January 25, 2021 — A trial date has been set on the charges of strangulation of a household member on Keith Allen Knudson stemming from an incident in September 2020.
Knudson is charged after allegedly holding down his girlfriend in front of the Mint Bar in Torrington in late September. After pleading not guilty, a March 24 trial date has been set.
The Affidavit of Probable cause stated that the Torrington Police Department was called to a disturbance in the front entry of the bar. Officer Joel Sandlian stated when he arrived two males were in an argument with another male. The men stated as they were leaving the bar, they witnessed Knudson holding a female down on the hood of a car by her neck. The men stated they intervened and pulled Knudson off the female victim and tried talking to him, but he was too intoxicated.
The female victim told Sandlian that her and Knudson are in a relationship and that they had been fighting all day. So, she decided to leave and meet up with a girlfriend at the bar. She stated that a short time later Knudson showed up at the location and grabbed her by the throat and pushed her up against the car and applied enough pressure so that she couldn’t breathe.
In his report, Sandlian stated the victim had red marks on both sides of her neck and she replied that it hurt, so an ambulance was called.
If Knudson is found guilty, maximum penalty for strangulation of a household member is 10-years in the state penitentiary and/or a $10,000 fine.