ST. CLOUD -- A Stearns County judge has sentenced a St. Cloud man to 30 days in jail and four years probation after choking his live-in girlfriend.

Thirty-six-year-old Aaron Hinrichs earlier pleaded guilty to domestic assault by strangulation in Stearns County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Hinrichs got into an argument with the woman on the way home from church last May and when they got home the argument became physical. Court records show Hinrichs grabbed the woman by the throat, choked her, pushed her into a cabinet then pushed her to the ground.

As part of the plea agreement, two counts of domestic assault within 10-years of a previous conviction were dropped. Hinrichs has a prior conviction from 2009 for making terroristic threats.

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