West Branch man charged with burglary and assault

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 24, 2012 7:20 AM

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A West Branch man has been charged with burglary and assault.

According to North Liberty police, Larry Slocum, 41, West arrived at his girlfriend's home on Jan. 20, where the two reportedly started arguing. Slocum allegedly threw the woman to the ground and tried to strangle her.

While fighting Slocum, the woman broke a fingernail off and stated she "thought she was going to die," the report said. The woman suffered bruising around her neck and damage to the soft tissue in her larynx, the report said.

The woman allegedly asked Slocum to leave and also attempted to flee, which sparked the alleged assault, the report said.

First-degree burglary is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years. False imprisonment is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,875. Willful injury causing bodily injury is punishable by up to five years and a maximum fine of $7,500. Domestic-abuse assault is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years and a maximum fine of $6,250.

— by Conrad Swanson

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