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Chamberlain man gets 30 days in jail for July choking incident

CHAMBERLAIN—A Chamberlain man was sentenced last week to spend 30 days in jail for choking a woman in July.

On the night of July 30, police responded to an apartment from which 28-year-old Jordan Steele had reportedly fled. The victim told police that she and Steele had been arguing and that Steele had put his forearm against her throat until she gasped for air.

Steele then let go of the woman, threw an object at a TV, ripped a picture off a wall and left. Police observed redness and scratching around the woman's throat, according to court documents.

Steele was arrested that night and was charged with aggravated assault: choking and domestic abuse simple assault to intentionally cause bodily injury. He pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault charge on Oct. 16 and was sentenced on Nov. 27.

In addition to his jail sentence, which he is permitted to serve in 48-hour increments and for which he was given credit for one day served, Steele was given a suspended five-year penitentiary sentence and must serve four years probation. He was also ordered to abide by a counselor's recommendations for anger management and parenting skills.