CHAMBERLAIN — A Chamberlain man was charged Jan. 13 with choking a woman and fighting with her in front of a 6-year-old girl.
Matthew Sherman, 30, was convicted of assaulting the same woman in front of the same child in October and now faces a Class 3 felony aggravated assault charge and a Class 1 misdemeanor charge of contributing to the abuse, neglect or delinquency of a minor.
Chamberlain police spoke to the alleged victim at Dakota Counseling Institute. According to court documents, she said that at about 3 a.m., she and Sherman had gotten into an argument that began with her waking him up in the passenger seat of a car where he had fallen asleep.
The woman said Sherman pushed on her leg inside the vehicle and she hit him in the face when he would not stop. Sherman allegedly then climbed on top of the woman and began choking her. The woman broke the windshield with her foot and was able to get away from Sherman and into the house, where she dead-bolted the door and Sherman reportedly broke the door frame to get inside.
The woman reportedly laid on a couch in the fetal position and said Sherman would push her down when she tried to get up, punching her in the head at one point. The 6-year-old girl was awakened during the incident and came into the room where Sherman and the woman were.
The woman eventually left the house and stayed in her car until she was able to go to DCI, where another woman contacted police.
Sherman reportedly said the woman had hit him and that he had been trying to defend himself. His knuckles and hands were found to be bruised, scraped and swollen, which he allegedly said was from hitting a wall and the car. Bruises on the woman's arms, legs, hands, neck and chest were reportedly observed by police.
Sherman was charged with aggravated assault in August 2019 for allegedly choking the same woman. He and the victim were both given suspended sentences after both pleaded guilty to contributing to the abuse, neglect or delinquency of a minor, and Sherman was also given a suspended sentence for simple assault.