A Casper man was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to choking a woman until she vomited.
Natrona County District Court Judge Thomas Sullins sentenced Damon Flanagan, 47, to 18 to 72 months imprisonment for aggravated assault. Flanagan was also sentenced to two 18- to 60-month prison terms for felonious restraint and felony strangulation counts. All three sentences will run at the same time.
Flanagan pleaded guilty to the three charges earlier this year. He was initially charged with one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of strangulation of a household member, but took a plea deal to reduced charges.
As a condition of the plea deal, prosecutors had agreed to argue for all three sentences to run at the same time.
In court Tuesday, Flanagan told the judge, “I’d like to take responsibility for my actions,” shortly before being sentenced.
His attorney, Kurt Infanger, asked for his client to be sentenced to a suspended prison term and serve probation while in Casper Re-Entry Center. Infanger said the charges came after a night of bad choices, alcohol use and and short tempers that “just blew up.”
Sullins declined to grant Infanger’s request, saying that Flanagan’s long criminal record and history of probation violations meant he would have to go to prison.
Flanagan has had eight warrants issued for failing to appear in court over the course of his adult life, Sullins said.
Prosecutor Trevor Schenk had argued for a three- to eight-year sentence in the case, citing Flanagan’s criminal history which he said was “by no means short.”
The woman, who was dating Flanagan at the time, told police that Flanagan had held her down and choked her during her ride in a van that someone else was driving. She said that she threw up from being choked.
The woman told police that Flanagan drove them up Casper Mountain and threatened to kill them both, according to court documents.