By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Abusive boyfriend gets 90 days

But it didn’t work out that way. He repeatedly choked and punched her in a series of incidents earlier this year.

Robertson, 27, of McMinnville, pleaded guilty in Yamhill County Circuit Court to one count each of fourth-degree domestic assault and two counts of strangulation, all Class A misdemeanors.

Judge Cal Tichenor sentenced him to 90 days in jail, with credit for time served, followed by 48 months probation. Robertson must also pay a $300 fine and reimburse the county for legal services and court costs.

Three counts each of fourth-degree domestic assault and harassment and one count of strangulation were dismissed as part of the plea agreement negotiated between Robertson’s court-appointed counsel, Mark Pihl of Lake Oswego, and the prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Amanda Dresen.

Robertson was booked into jail on $25,000 bail following his March arrest. He was granted a conditional release, but was returned to custody in early April after violating the terms.

Sgt. Tim Symons of the McMinnville police gave this account:

The victim had been living with Robertson off and on. Following a Feb. 22 argument, he pushed her into a corner, locked her in a headlock and covered her nose and mouth, making her gasp for air.

She reported the incident Feb. 26.

On March 7, she was getting ready to go out when they had another argument and Robertson punched her more than two dozen times. When she went to the Willamette Valley Medical Center for treatment, the emergency room staff notified police, who began looking for him.

A few days later, she asked Robertson to leave. He grabbed her, threw her across the room, climbed on top of her and began choking her.

She again went to the hospital and police were again notified.

“Officers were looking for him after the first two incidents,” Symons said. “When he came back to the residence following the third incident, police were called and he was picked up.”

Symons said police encourage victims of domestic violence to report attacks as soon as possible.

“We want to make sure people are as safe as they can be,” he said. “It’s unfortunate when things do not get reported as soon as they should.”

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